Press Releases

Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Announce Aviation Subcommittee Hearing, “Putting U.S. Aviation at Risk: The Impact of the Shutdown”

February 11, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chairman 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 first Subcommittee on Aviation hearing of the 116th Congress, "Putting U.S. Aviation at Risk: The Impact of the Shutdown". The hearing will examine how the recent 35-day partial shutdown of the Federal Government impacted Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) functions and operations, as well as the U.S. … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Larsen Introduce Legislation to Protect U.S. Aviation System, FAA During Future Shutdowns

February 08, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) introduced legislation that would protect Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs and personnel, and the U.S. aviation industry as a whole, from future shutdowns of the Federal Government. "The United States aviation system is the safest, busiest, most complex aviation system in the world-a system … Continue Reading


Chairman DeFazio Statement from Hearing on, “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in Our Nation’s Infrastructure Cannot Wait”

February 07, 2019

Remarks as delivered can be found here. Statement of The Honorable Peter A. DeFazio Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Hearing on "The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in our Nation's Infrastructure Cannot Wait" February 7, 2019 (Remarks as prepared for delivery.) Today, we hold the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's first hearing of the 116th Congress. We are starting off by sounding the alarm bells - investing in America's infrastructure cannot wait. For … Continue Reading


House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Holds Organizational Meeting

February 07, 2019

Washington, DC-Today, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held its organizational meeting, where the Committee finalized subcommittee assignments and the Committee rules. "Transportation is not a partisan issue, it's about moving people and goods more efficiently in this country and connecting us to the world," said Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR). "Every state and territory in our country is profoundly affected by the decisions … Continue Reading


Transportation and Infrastructure Leaders Urge Trump Administration to Protect Jones Act

February 06, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, leaders of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure wrote a letter to Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Kirstjen M. Nielsen, expressing their opposition to a request from the Governor of Puerto Rico to waive the Jones Act for ten years to allow foreign tankers to move liquid natural gas (LNG) to the island. The letter was signed by Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), Chairman of the Subcommittee on … Continue Reading


House Passes Bills from Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

February 06, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC-- Today, the United States House of Representatives passed five bills from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. These pieces of legislation will help the Pacific Northwest prepare for catastrophic earthquakes, require Congressional notification of commuter rail safety assessments, require public buildings to accommodate breastfeeding mothers, and establish a commission to commemorate Route 66. "I applaud Chair Norton, Ranking Member Davis, and Representatives … Continue Reading


REMINDER: Chairman DeFazio Announces First Full Committee Hearing, “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in Our Nation’s Infrastructure Cannot Wait”

February 06, 2019

Washington, DC- Tomorrow the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold its first hearing of the 116th Congress on, "The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in Our Nation's Infrastructure Cannot Wait". The hearing will examine the current state of the Nation's highways, bridges, transit systems, ports, and airports, the trillion-dollar backlog of maintenance and repair needs, and the increasing costs of Federal inaction. "When I took over as Chairman of the House … Continue Reading


Chairman DeFazio Responds to The State of the Union Address

February 05, 2019

Washington, D.C. -- Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement after the State of the Union address by President Donald Trump: "Tonight, President Trump said that investing in our transportation infrastructure should be one area where Democrats and Republicans unite. I agree-our crumbling roads, bridges, transit and rail systems, airports, and harbors impact every community across our country. "None of this can … Continue Reading


Hearing to focus on: “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in Our Nation’s Infrastructure Cannot Wait”

February 04, 2019

Washington, DC- The status of our Nation's roads, bridges, transit systems, clean water systems, ports and inland waterways, and airports, the trillion-dollar backlog of maintenance and repair needs, and the increasing costs of Federal inaction will be the subject of this week's hearing. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 7th, 2019, in HVC 210, Capitol Visitors Center. Witnesses: Panel 1: The Honorable Tim Walz, Governor, State of Minnesota; on behalf of … Continue Reading


Chairman DeFazio Announces First Full Committee Hearing, “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in Our Nation’s Infrastructure Cannot Wait”

January 29, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced the first full committee hearing of the 116th Congress, "The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in Our Nation's Infrastructure Cannot Wait". The hearing will examine the current state of the Nation's highways, bridges, transit systems, ports, and airports, the trillion-dollar backlog of maintenance and repair needs, and the increasing costs of Federal inaction. "When I … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Press EPA for Answers on Impacts of the Shutdown

January 29, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Representative Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) sent a letter to Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Andrew Wheeler requesting information on impacts of the recent government shutdown, and the subsequent lapse in appropriations. "We are deeply concerned about the impacts of the recent … Continue Reading


Chairmen DeFazio and Larsen Respond to Aviation Delays Caused By the Government Shutdown

January 25, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) issued statements in response to the delays to our aviation system caused by the absurd government shutdown. "For 35 days, the dedicated air traffic controllers who guide 43,000 flights a day and keep millions of Americans safe each year have gone to work knowing that they will not be paid. Today marks the second time … Continue Reading


Chairman DeFazio Announces Subcommittee Chairs for the 116th Congress

January 24, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced the election of Members to serve as Chair for each of the Committee's six subcommittees in the 116th Congress. "These are six dedicated, highly experienced, diverse Members of Congress who will provide each subcommittee with the leadership it needs," said Chairman Peter DeFazio. "The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has a long history of working in a bipartisan … Continue Reading


Chairman DeFazio, Rep. Larsen Respond to Reported Drone Incident at Newark Airport

January 23, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and senior member of the committee Representative Rick Larsen (D-WA), responded to news that Newark Liberty International Airport was forced to halt all air traffic after two pilots reported seeing a drone flying nearby. "Thankfully, no one was injured yesterday, but let me be clear, this incident could have had a tragic ending. Irresponsible drone users have caused serious … Continue Reading


Chairman DeFazio, Rep. Titus Press GSA on the Repeated Refusal to Respond to Questions Surrounding Trump’s Conflicts of Interest

January 22, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and senior member of the committee Representative Dina Titus (D-NV), sent a letter to the Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA) Emily Murphy demanding responses to the many questions that have been completely ignored, surrounding President Trump serving as both a landlord and tenant of the Old Post Office Building (OPO). The letter comes after a GSA Inspector … Continue Reading


Chairman DeFazio Announces Democratic Committee Roster for the 116th Congress

January 16, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced the selection of Democratic Members to serve on the Committee in the 116th Congress. Selections were made by the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee and approved by the Democratic Caucus. "The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has a long history of working in a bipartisan way to get things done for the American people," said Chairman DeFazio. "Today we are … Continue Reading


Top Democrats Challenge President Trump’s Authority to Use Disaster Funding for Border Wall Construction

January 16, 2019

For Immediate Release: January 16, 2019 Contact: Jen Adler (DeFazio), 202-225-4472 Evan Hollander (Lowey), 202-225-3481 Jerry O'Donnell (Napolitano), 202-225-5256 Nicole Dailey Jones (Kaptur), 202-225-5411 Top Democrats Challenge President Trump's Authority to Use Disaster Funding for Border Wall Construction Washington, D.C. - Today, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Appropriations Nita … Continue Reading


House Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Pay Members of Coast Guard during Shutdown

January 09, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), and Representatives John Garamendi (D-CA), and Brian Mast (R-FL) introduced the Pay Our Coast Guard Parity Act of 2019 (H.R. 367), bipartisan legislation that would provide funding for the United States Coast Guard and ensure that active duty and reserve members of the Coast Guard are paid during the … Continue Reading


Rep. DeFazio Elected Chairman of House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

January 04, 2019

Washington, DC- Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement after his selection as Chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee for the 116th Congress: "Every state and territory in our country is profoundly affected by the decisions made in this committee. Our communities and businesses depend on our network of roads, bridges, airports, rail, ports, and public transit to move people and goods safely, whether it is across town, across the country, or … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Napolitano Slam the Trump Administration’s Proposal to Rollback Clean Water Rule

December 11, 2018

Washington, D.C. -- Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment Grace Napolitano (D-CA) released the following statements after the Trump administration released a proposal to significantly limit which of our Nation's waterways are protected by the Clean Water Act. "Today, too many Americans are uncertain whether their drinking water is safe for themselves and … Continue Reading