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Chair DeFazio Announces Committee Hearing to Assess the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Relief and Response Efforts

July 23, 2021

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced the committee will hold a hearing titled, "Assessing the Federal Government's COVID-19 Relief and Response Efforts and its Impact." The hearing will examine the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, efforts to provide oversight of that response, areas for improvement, and the impact of pandemic relief efforts on the transportation and infrastructure sectors and their … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Leads 30 Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Members in Urging Congressional Leadership to Include Transformational Policies from the INVEST in America Act in Infrastructure Legislation

July 21, 2021

DeFazio and Members to Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Schumer: "We won't resolve these problems by continuing the status quo and spending more money through a broken and outdated system" Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and 30 Democratic Members of the Committee sent a letter urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to provide House Members with the opportunity … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Carbajal Statements from Subcommittee Hearing to Review Fiscal Year 2022 Budget for the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Programs

July 21, 2021

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Salud Carbajal (D-CA) during today's hearing titled, "Review of Fiscal Year 2022 Budget for the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Programs." Videos of DeFazio and Carbajal's opening statements are here and here. More information on the hearing can … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Statements from Subcommittee Hearing on Improving Diversity and Inclusion in the U.S. Aviation Workforce

July 20, 2021

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) during today's hearing titled, "Bridging the Gap: Improving Diversity and Inclusion in the U.S. Aviation Workforce." Videos of DeFazio and Larsen's opening statements are here and here. More information on the hearing can be found here. Chair DeFazio: Thank you, … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Carbajal Announce Subcommittee Hearing to Review Fiscal Year 2022 Budget for the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Programs

July 16, 2021

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Salud Carbajal (D-CA) announced the subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "Review of Fiscal Year 2022 Budget for the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Programs." During this hearing, the subcommittee will review President Biden's Fiscal Year 2022 budget requests for the U.S. Coast Guard, the Maritime … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Announce Subcommittee Hearing on Improving Diversity and Inclusion in the U.S. Aviation Workforce

July 16, 2021

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) announced the subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "Bridging the Gap: Improving Diversity and Inclusion in the U.S. Aviation Workforce." This hearing is an opportunity for Members to learn from key stakeholders about the barriers to entry in careers in the U.S. aviation industry for underrepresented groups, including … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Statements from the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment’s Second Hearing on President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request

July 14, 2021

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) during today's hearing titled, "President Biden's Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request: Agency Policies and Perspectives (Part II)." More information on the hearing can be found here. Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Madam Chair, for holding … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Napolitano Statements on GAO Report Finding EPA’s Actions Led to Declining Enforcement of Clean Water Protections

July 12, 2021

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) issued the following statements after the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) reliance on flawed or incomplete data resulted in declining enforcement of Clean Water Act protections, specifically for approved state programs. To … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Applauds Biden Administration’s Executive Order Confronting Consolidation and Anticompetitive Pricing in Rail and Maritime Sectors and Enhancing Fairness for Airline Passengers

July 09, 2021

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement after President Biden announced a new Executive Order seeking to boost competition across the freight rail, aviation, and maritime shipping sectors. "I applaud the Biden administration's Executive Order and support any effort to bolster enforcement activity at the Surface Transportation Board and Federal Maritime Commission," Chair DeFazio said. "If … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Announce Second Hearing on President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request

July 09, 2021

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) announced that the subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "President Biden's Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request: Agency Policies and Perspectives (Part II)." This is the second and final hearing in a series focused on the Biden administration's budget request and will provide Members with the … Continue Reading


Transportation and Infrastructure and Energy and Commerce Committee Leaders Applaud House Passage of the INVEST in America Act

July 01, 2021

Legislation puts key pieces of President Biden's infrastructure vision into legislative text, with transformative policies to upgrade America's roads, bridges, transit, rail, drinking water, and wastewater infrastructure for the 21st century and beyond Fact Sheet Washington, DC - Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR), House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Chair Eleanor … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Floor Statement on the INVEST in America Act: “We Can’t Solve These Problems by Continuing the Status Quo—Eisenhower 8.0. We Need to Reform Our Transportation Policies to Meet the Challenges of Today”

June 30, 2021

Washington, D.C. - The following are House floor remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) on H.R. 3684, the INVEST in America Act, legislation containing transformational policies to reimagine federal investment in America's roads, bridges, transit, rail, and drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. Video of Chair DeFazio's statement can be found here. More information on the INVEST in America Act can be … Continue Reading


ICYMI: Chair DeFazio joins Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Pallone, and other Committee Members to Discuss Transformational Surface Transportation and Water Infrastructure Bill

June 30, 2021

Chair DeFazio participates in a news conference about the INVEST in America Act alongside (from left to right), Reps. Sharice Davids (D-KS), Paul Tonko (D-NY), Speaker Pelosi (D-CA), and Chairman Pallone (D-NJ) WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) joined U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Chair of the Committee on Energy and Commerce Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and other members from both committees to discuss the INVEST … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement Before the Rules Committee on the INVEST in America Act

June 28, 2021

Chair DeFazio: "The U.S. will continue to fall behind the world in both hard infrastructure and innovation-failing future generations of Americans and losing any control over the clean tech sector-if we don't get serious about making smart, bold investments now" Washington, D.C. - The following are remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) during the Rules Committee meeting on H.R. 3684, the INVEST in … Continue Reading


DeFazio and Pallone Share Details of $715 Billion Surface Transportation and Water Infrastructure Bill Heading to House Floor Next Week

June 24, 2021

Washington, DC- Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) shared new details of the INVEST in America Act, which is scheduled to be on the House floor next week. The INVEST in America Act will create good-paying jobs rebuilding and reimagining our nation's roads, bridges, transit, rail, and wastewater and drinking water infrastructure, helping meet key pieces of President … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Statements from the Subcommittee’s First Hearing in a Series on President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request

June 24, 2021

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) during today's hearing titled, "President Biden's Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request: Agency Policies and Perspectives (Part 1)." Videos of opening statements from Chairs DeFazio and Napolitano are here and here. More information on the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Titus Statements from Hearing with FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell on the Agency’s Priorities for the Upcoming Fiscal Year

June 23, 2021

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Dina Titus (D-NV) during today's hearing titled, "FEMA's Priorities for FY22 and Beyond: Coordinating Mission, Vision, and Budget." Videos of opening remarks from Chairs DeFazio and Titus are here and here. More information on … Continue Reading


Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Members Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect FAA Workers and Operations from Future Government Shutdowns

June 22, 2021

Bill Text | Fact Sheet Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) joined Representatives Bob Gibbs (R-OH) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) in introducing the Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2021. This legislation would protect Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs and personnel, and the U.S. aviation industry as a whole, from the effects of future federal … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Announce Subcommittee Hearing on President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request

June 18, 2021

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) announced the Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "President Biden's Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request: Agency Policies and Perspectives (Part I)." This hearing is an opportunity for Members to question Biden administration officials on the administration's budget request, as well as the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Titus Announce Subcommittee Hearing Next Week with FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell

June 18, 2021

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Dina Titus (D-NV) announced that the subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "FEMA's Priorities for FY22 and Beyond: Coordinating Mission, Vision, and Budget." During this hearing, committee members will have an opportunity to discuss the Federal Emergency Management Agency's priorities … Continue Reading