Press Releases

Rahall, Transportation Advocates to Hold Press Conference Tuesday to Discuss Dangerous Bridges

October 17, 2011

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will be joined by transportation organizations and advocates at a press conference under the Route 16 “Mabscott Overhead Bridge” in Beckley to discuss the importance of Congress passing a robust multi-year surface transportation bill. “The collapse of the Silver Bridge in 1967 was a tragic example of our Nation’s decaying transportation systems, but should serve … Continue Reading


Amtrak Announces Record Ridership as Republicans Rush to Auction Off its Assets

October 13, 2011

Washington, D.C. - Amtrak today announced that a record 30.2 million passengers traveled on its trains in Fiscal Year 2011, far surpassing any other year on record.  Despite this record ridership, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives continue to attempt to dismantle the carrier through paltry budgets and a partisan plan to privatize its operations. “Americans are returning to the rails in record numbers, yet Republicans are pulling out all of the stops in their rush to auction off … Continue Reading


GAO Report: Every State Receives More Highway Funding than it Contributes to the Highway Trust Fund

October 12, 2011

Washington, D.C. - Over the course of the last multi-year surface transportation authorization (SAFETEA-LU) from 2005 to 2009, every state received more funding for highway programs than what they contributed to the Highway Trust Fund, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report being released today that was requested by U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “Instead of being consumed by the parochial … Continue Reading


Transportation Leaders Introduce Bill to Create Jobs, Protect Water Quality

October 12, 2011

Washington, D.C. - Leaders on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee yesterday introduced bipartisan legislation to create American jobs by investing $13.8 billion over five years through the State Revolving Fund (SRF) and other efforts to improve water quality. “In addition to creating immediate construction jobs, funding for modern water and wastewater infrastructure improves the quality of life for area residents and helps to provide the kind of basic services needed to … Continue Reading


TTI Report: Cost of Congestion More Than $100 Billion

September 27, 2011

- Report Highlights Need for Congress to Pass Robust Surface Transportation Bill - Washington, D.C. - The Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) today released its annual Urban Mobility Report, finding that the cost of congestion continues to cost the United States over $100 billion annually.  U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said the report highlighted the need for Congress to pass a robust surface transportation … Continue Reading


CEOs: Congress Must Pass Robust Transportation Bill to Rebuild America

September 22, 2011

Washington, D.C. - With nearly 150,000 deficient American bridges that are crippling our Nation’s economic competitiveness from coast to coast, CEOs of 20 major U.S. corporations called on Congress to pass a robust multi-year surface transportation bill to create jobs and rebuild America.  U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today released the following statement in response to the letter from the CEOs to … Continue Reading


Rahall: Surface and Air Transportation Extensions Keep Construction Crews on the Clock as Congress Completes its Work

September 13, 2011

Washington, D.C. - The House of Representatives today passed legislation to keep the Nation’s aviation and surface transportation programs running while Congress completes its work on long-term reauthorizations. “Extending these programs is critical to our economic recovery, and the pending measure does so without any poison pills or draconian cuts to investment in our surface transportation programs,” said U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation … Continue Reading


Rahall Statement on President Obama’s Address on Jobs

September 08, 2011

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, tonight released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s address to a Joint Session of Congress on jobs: “In the bipartisan spirit that has been a hallmark of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for decades, I invited Chairman John Mica to sit next to me during tonight’s address.  We may have walked out of the chamber with … Continue Reading


Rahall, Bishop Call on President Obama to Support Water Infrastructure Investments to Create American Jobs

September 08, 2011

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, U.S. Representative Timothy H. Bishop (D-NY), top Democrat on the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, and 50 of their colleagues in Congress today urged President Barack Obama to ensure water infrastructure investments are part of any plan to create American jobs. “While we agree with you on the economic and societal benefits of investment in the … Continue Reading


Rahall Statement on FAA Shutdown

August 04, 2011

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today released the following statement after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced, subject to Senate approval, a proposal to move the process forward that would end the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA): “The Republican-driven FAA shutdown has jeopardized tens of thousands of American jobs and caused the Aviation Trust Fund to … Continue Reading


Rahall Statement on 30th Anniversary of the Air Traffic Controller Strike

August 03, 2011

—Republican-driven FAA Shutdown Threatens Nearly 90,000 American Workers, 3,600 FAA Aviation Experts, Over $1 Billion in Lost Revenue— Washington, D.C.- U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today released the following statement on the 30th anniversary of the air traffic controller strike: “Thirty years ago this week, thousands of air traffic controllers were fired by President Ronald Reagan for fighting for their … Continue Reading


Republicans Go on Vacation While FAA Aviation Experts and Construction Crews go without Paychecks

August 02, 2011

—Republicans Skip Town Stranding Nearly 90,000 American Workers, Furloughing 3,600 FAA Aviation Experts, Jeopardizing Over $11 Billion in Contracts, Losing over $1 Billion in Revenue— Washington, D.C.- Despite last minute pleas by House Democrats to solve the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) shutdown, House Republican leaders closed up shop for the month of August, ensuring the devastating damage from the Republican-led FAA shutdown will last for at least another month. “House Republicans … Continue Reading


Rahall, Costello: Republicans Should Not Fly Home for Vacation before Finding a Solution to end the Senseless FAA Shutdown

August 01, 2011

—$30 Million per day Republican-led Shutdown of FAA Jeopardizing the Jobs of Nearly 90,000 American Workers and 3,600 FAA Aviation Experts— Washington, D.C.- On the tenth day of the Republican-led shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that has cost tens of thousands of American jobs and nearly $300 million in lost revenue, U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and U.S. Representative Jerry Costello … Continue Reading


Groups Call on Republicans to End Senseless Shutdown of the FAA

July 29, 2011

Washington, D.C.- Continuing their ‘my way or the runway’ shotgun approach, House Republican leaders refuse to end the senseless shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which has jeopardized nearly 90,000 American jobs, furloughed 3,600 engineers, safety analysts, and aviation experts, and has cost nearly $200 million in lost revenue. Every Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee joined together on Tuesday to introduce the “Aviation Jobs and Safety Act … Continue Reading


Report: America’s Crumbling Infrastructure to Cost Economy 877,000 High-Skill Jobs

July 27, 2011

—Rahall Says Report Highlights Urgency for Robust Surface Transportation Reauthorization— Washington, D.C.- Citing a first-ever report released today by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) that found America’s crumbling surface transportation infrastructure will cost the economy more than 877,000 jobs, U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, renewed calls for Congress to craft a robust surface transportation … Continue Reading


Transportation Committee Democrats Introduce Clean Extension to End FAA Shutdown

July 26, 2011

—Rahall, Costello Call on House Republican Leadership to Schedule Immediate Vote to Stop Jeopardizing the Jobs of Nearly 90,000 American Construction Workers, End Furlough of 3,600 FAA Aviation Experts— Washington, D.C.- Just one day after the U.S. Department of Transportation started issuing stop-work orders to airport construction companies across the country and House Republicans refused to convene a conference committee on the long-term Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) bill, every … Continue Reading


House Republican Leadership’s “My Way or the Runway” Shotgun Approach Causes Midnight FAA Shutdown

July 22, 2011

—Nearly 90,000 American Construction Workers Will See Their Paychecks Halted, 3,600 FAA Aviation Experts Furloughed to Appease Tea Party Extremists—  Washington, D.C.- The House Republican leadership today will shut down major parts of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at midnight to appease Tea Party extremists, a risky bet that will jeopardize $2.5 billion in construction projects, 87,000 American construction jobs, furlough 3,600 FAA aviation engineers, safety analysts, and other … Continue Reading


Rahall: House Republican Tactics Jeopardize FAA Negotiations

July 20, 2011

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today warned that tactics by House Republicans to force major policy provisions into an otherwise noncontroversial funding extension for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) could jeopardize efforts to enact a multi-year reauthorization. “Holding hostage the negotiations is not the way to move the reauthorization process forward.  In fact, it is almost … Continue Reading


Transportation Leaders to Hold Press Conference on EU Emissions Trading Legislation Tomorrow

July 19, 2011

Washington, DC - U.S. House Transportation Committee leaders will hold a press conference tomorrow, July 20th, to discuss the introduction of bipartisan legislation regarding the European Union’s unilateral decision to require participation of U.S. air carriers and other operators in the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme. Committee members will detail the bill’s provisions that challenge European Union plans to impose a costly fee or emissions credit purchase on any civil aviation operators … Continue Reading


Panel Holds Hearing on Silvertip Pipeline Oil Spill in Yellowstone River

July 14, 2011

Washington, D.C. - The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials today held a hearing on “The Silvertip Pipeline Oil Spill in Yellowstone County, Montana.” Below is the opening statement of U.S. Representative Corrine Brown (D-FL), Democratic Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, as prepared for delivery: Statement of the Honorable Corrine Brown, Ranking MemberSubcommittee on Railroads, … Continue Reading