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DeFazio: Let’s Stop Talking and Start Investing, It’s Time for This Committee To Take the Lead on Infrastructure

October 11, 2017

DeFazio: Let’s Stop Talking and Start Investing, It’s Time for This Committee To Take the Lead on Infrastructure In a hearing, DeFazio blasts Republicans for gutting transportation funds by $254 billion Washington, D.C. -- Today, the Ranking Democrat of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Peter DeFazio (D-OR), delivered a fiery statement at a hearing of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit titled “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Highways and … Continue Reading


Top Democrats Urge Immediate DOT Action on Drug Testing for Opioids

October 10, 2017

Top Democrats Urge Immediate DOT Action on Drug Testing for Opioids Trump Administration has failed to add opioids to drug-testing panel for certain transportation workers Washington, D.C. -- Today, the Ranking Democrats on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure sent a letter to Secretary of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Elaine Chao urging immediate action on a stalled rulemaking that would add four prescription opioids to the drug-testing for safety-sensitive … Continue Reading


ICYMI: Garmin CEO Makes the Case Against ATC Privatization

October 04, 2017

ICYMI: Garmin CEO Makes the Case Against ATC Privatization Washington, DC- Cliff Pemble, who has served as the president and CEO of avionics and GPS manufacturer Garmin Ltd. since January 2013, makes a strong case against H.R. 2997, the “21st Century AIRR Act”, which includes a controversial plan to privatize the Nation’s air traffic control system and hand control of our public airspace to major U.S. airlines. In an opinion editorial in The Hill newspaper, Pemble writes, “Dismantling our … Continue Reading


Top Democrats Request IG Investigation of EPA Administrator Pruitt’s Wasteful Spending

October 03, 2017

For Immediate Release: October 4, 2017 Contact:Jen Adler (DeFazio), 202-225-4472 Washington, D.C. -- Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment Grace Napolitano (D-CA) sent a letter to the Inspector General of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Arthur A. Elkins, Jr. requesting an immediate investigation into the potential waste or abuse of … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Larsen Respond to House Passage of a Six-Month FAA Extension

September 28, 2017

DeFazio, Larsen Respond to House Passage of a Six-Month FAA Extension Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) reacted after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a short-term, six-month Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) extension. “Here we are again. Yet another short-term extension to keep the lights on at the FAA while … Continue Reading


DeFazio Responds to Final Passage of a Six-Month FAA Extension

September 28, 2017

DeFazio Responds to Final Passage of a Six-Month FAA Extension Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) reacted after the final passage of a short-term, six-month Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) extension. “While I'm glad the House has accepted the Senate changes to the FAA Extension and the FAA will not shut down, we should not be in this situation. This is the fourth short-term FAA extension Congress … Continue Reading


GAO Report Finds FAA’s Implementation of NextGen is On Budget, ATC Privatization May Jeopardize Modernization Efforts

September 07, 2017

GAO Report Finds FAA’s Implementation of NextGen is On Budget, ATC Privatization May Jeopardize Modernization Efforts Washington, D.C. -Today, Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) reacted to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report finding the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) work to modernize the Nation’s aviation infrastructure and air traffic control … Continue Reading


Top Committee Democrats Request CBO Score of Revised AIRR Act

August 07, 2017

Top Committee Democrats Request CBO Score of Revised AIRR Act Significant changes made to Rules Print will add tens of billions to the cost of the bill Washington, D.C. -Today, Ranking Members of four United States House of Representatives Committees sent a letter to Keith Hall, Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), requesting a revised cost estimate for H.R. 2997, the “21st Century AIRR Act”, as posted by the Committee on Rules. The letter was signed by Ranking Member of … Continue Reading


Top Transportation and Appropriations Democrats Request Investigation Into Improper DOT Lobbying

August 02, 2017

Top Transportation and Appropriations Democrats Request Investigation Into Improper DOT Lobbying DOT lobbied stakeholders to support air traffic control privatization plan Washington, D.C. -Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Appropriations Nita Lowey (D-NY), and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development David Price (D-NC), sent a … Continue Reading


Transportation Democrats Urge Secretary Chao to Reconsider Controversial Changes to INFRA Grant Program

July 27, 2017

Transportation Democrats Urge Secretary Chao to Reconsider Controversial Changes to INFRA Grant Program Washington, D.C. -Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on the Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) led a letter to Secretary of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Elaine Chao urging DOT to reconsider changes made to the Nationally Significant Freight and Highway … Continue Reading


CRS Finds Air Traffic Control Privatization Plan Likely Violates U.S. Constitution

July 25, 2017

CRS Finds Air Traffic Control Privatization Plan Likely Violates U.S. Constitution Washington, D.C. -Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released a 36-page constitutional analysis from the non-partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) that found a controversial plan to privatize air traffic control likely violates the Constitution. DeFazio also sent a letter with Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Aviation Rick … Continue Reading


DeFazio Presses GSA Administrator Over Trump Conflicts of Interest, Failure to Respond to Oversight

July 12, 2017

DeFazio Presses GSA Administrator Over Trump Conflicts of Interest, Failure to Respond to Oversight Committee Democrats release a report detailing major conflicts of interest; introduce Resolution to force GSA to respond to oversight request Washington, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) repeatedly asked Acting Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA) Timothy Horne to answer questions about the … Continue Reading


DeFazio Makes the Case Against Air Traffic Control Privatization

June 27, 2017

ICYMI: DeFazio Makes the Case Against Air Traffic Control Privatization In case you missed it, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) delivered the following remarks at the June 27, 2017 markup of H.R. 2997, the “21st Century AIRR Act”. A video of his remarks can be found here. Remarks as prepared for delivery are below. Slideshow referenced in the statement is attached to the email. Privatization background prepared by … Continue Reading


Top Democrats Blast GSA For Ignoring Oversight Requests for Information on the Trump Old Post Office Lease

June 13, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Hank Johnson (D-GA) sent a letter to the Acting Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Tim Horne, blasting the agency for failing to respond to repeated requests for information related to the Old Post Office lease agreement between GSA and the Trump … Continue Reading


DeFazio to Trump: When Does the Real Infrastructure Week Start?

June 08, 2017

DeFazio to Trump: When Does the Real Infrastructure Week Start? DeFazio attacks Trump’s claims that infrastructure needs can be solved by gutting environmental protections Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) slammed President Trump for failing to produce any proposals to address the real needs of our crumbling infrastructure during his so-called “Infrastructure Week”. This week, the president … Continue Reading


DeFazio Statement for Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Hearing with Secretary Elaine Chao

June 08, 2017

DeFazio Statement for Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Hearing with Secretary Elaine Chao Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) submitted the following remarks at the June 8, 2017 hearing on Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Federal Aviation Administration Authorization. Statement of the Honorable Peter A. DeFazio Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Hearing on “Building … Continue Reading


Transportation Democrats Reject Trump Plan to Privatize Public Airspace, Offer Targeted Solutions to Improve FAA

June 06, 2017

Transportation Democrats Reject Trump Plan to Privatize Public Airspace, Offer Targeted Solutions to Improve FAA Washington, D.C. - Today, Democrats on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure rejected President Trump’s plan to privatize our public airspace, and instead introduced, H.R. 2800, The Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2017, legislation to strengthen and reform the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its air traffic control (ATC) system. The legislation, … Continue Reading


Ranking Member DeFazio Reacts to Trump Administration ATC Privatization Proposal

June 04, 2017

Washington, D.C.- "Today, the Trump Administration announced principles for modernizing the U.S. air traffic control system by privatizing it. Privatization was a bad idea when it was proposed in the last Congress, and it remains a bad idea today despite President Trump's support. In fact, according to the Trump budget, this proposal would increase the deficit by at least $46 billion. "For the last two years, a bipartisan group of opponents of air traffic control privatization have raised … Continue Reading


ICYMI: DeFazio Makes the Case Against Air Traffic Control Privatization

May 18, 2017

ICYMI: DeFazio Makes the Case Against Air Traffic Control Privatization In case you missed it, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) delivered the following remarks at the May 17, 2017 hearing on “The Need to Reform FAA and Air Traffic Control to Build a 21st Century Aviation System for America”. Delivered remarks can be found here. DeFazio’s first round of questions can be found here. DeFazio’s second round of … Continue Reading


Top Transportation Committee Members Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Clean Water, Create American Jobs

May 17, 2017

Top Transportation Committee Members Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Clean Water, Create American Jobs Washington, D.C. -- Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Vice Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN), and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment Grace Napolitano (D-CA) introduced bipartisan legislation that would help … Continue Reading