Press Releases

DeFazio, Larsen React to DOT IG’s Report on FAA Contingency Plans

January 12, 2017

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) issued the following statement on a new Department of Transportation Inspector General (IG) report that outlines the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) contingency plans for recovery from large-scale disruptions to the air traffic system: “U.S. airspace is the busiest and most complex in the … Continue Reading


DeFazio Announces Democratic Roster for Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

January 11, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced the 27 Democratic Members of the Committee for the 115th Congress. Twenty-one of the Members served on the Committee in the previous Congress. The Democrats welcome five Members new to the Committee and one returning member, who represent districts in California, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, and Michigan. Subcommittee Ranking Members will be elected in the coming … Continue Reading


DeFazio Re-Elected Top Democrat on House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

January 11, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement after being unanimously re-elected the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: “As Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, I have demonstrated an ability to both work with my Republican counterparts on the Committee, and to aggressively fight for Democratic priorities. In the coming Congress, I will be prepared to work with the majority … Continue Reading


DeFazio Urges President-Elect Trump to Use Existing Funds for Critical Dredging Projects

January 04, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter to President-elect Donald J. Trump, urging him to keep his commitment to invest in infrastructure and take the necessary actions to make the $9 billion balance of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund immediately available to dredge the nation’s ports and inland harbors. “Today, approximately $9 billion in already collected tax revenues sits idle in the Harbor … Continue Reading


Over 100 Members of Congress Urge President-Elect Trump to Protect American Jobs and Security, Reject NAI

December 19, 2016

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA), and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee member John Katko (R-NY) led over 100 Members of Congress on a bipartisan letter to President-elect Donald J. Trump, urging him to reverse a decision by the U.S. Department of Transportation to … Continue Reading


GSA Says Trump Must Fully Divest Ownership of D.C. Hotel to Avoid Breach

December 14, 2016

Washington, D.C. (Dec. 13, 2016)-Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Rep. Peter DeFazio, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, and Rep. André Carson, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, sent a letter to the General Services … Continue Reading


DeFazio Statement on the House Passage of WRDA

December 08, 2016

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN), which authorizes funding for the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) navigation, flood control, and environmental restoration projects. "For months, I worked with my Republican counterparts on a WRDA bill that strengthened coastal … Continue Reading


Ranking Member DeFazio Reacts to DOT Decision to Grant NAI Permit

December 02, 2016

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member DeFazio released the following statement following DOT's decision to grant NAI Permit: "Today, the Department of Transportation granted Norwegian Air International's U.S. foreign air carrier permit. DOT's decision has guaranteed a race to the bottom in our transatlantic aviation market. 'Norwegian' is a virtual airline, set up under a flag of convenience to exploit weak labor laws in other countries like Singapore, save money, and undercut … Continue Reading


Top Oversight and Transportation Committee Dems Request Briefing and Documents from GSA on President-Elect Trump’s D.C. Hotel Lease

November 30, 2016

Washington, D.C. (Nov. 30, 2016)-Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Rep. Peter DeFazio, Ranking Member of the and House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Rep. Gerry Connolly, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, and Rep. André Carson, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, sent a letter to the General Services … Continue Reading


Transportation Democrats to Republican Leaders: Don’t Shortchange Surface Transportation Funding in the Continuing Resolution

November 28, 2016

Washington, D.C. - Today, top Democrats on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure sent a letter to leaders on the House Committee on Appropriations, urging them to fully fund job-creating investments in our transportation infrastructure in the upcoming Continuing Resolution (CR). In December 2015, Congress enacted the FAST Act, which increased badly needed investment in our Nation's transportation infrastructure by almost $2.4 billion over fiscal year 2016. Given the … Continue Reading


Democrats Raise Serious Concerns Facing Air Traffic Control Privatization Plan

November 15, 2016

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) again highlighted major concerns about security, safety, and implementation issues facing any proposal to privatize the nation's air traffic control (ATC) system. Their comments come on the same day that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that aviation experts are deeply divided and unable to … Continue Reading


Democratic Committee Leaders Ask DOT to Investigate Colonial Pipeline Company

November 02, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ),Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power Ranking Member Bobby Rush (D-IL), Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Ranking Member Michael Capuano (D-MA), and Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-CO) … Continue Reading


House Democrats Release Report, Urge Republicans to Connect Low Income People to Jobs with Higher Investment for Crumbling Transit Systems

October 26, 2016

House Democrats Release Report, Urge Republicans to Connect Low Income People to Jobs with Higher Investment for Crumbling Transit Systems Washington, D.C.-Today, Democrats on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure released a new report that details the dichotomy of the Republican majority's "A Better Way" budget framework and the need to connect low income people to jobs with affordable, reliable public transit. "Since the 1970s, studies have shown that … Continue Reading


House Democrats Release Clean Water Report on the 44th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act

October 18, 2016

House Democrats Release Clean Water Report on the 44th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act Washington, D.C.-Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Democrats released a new report detailing the House Republican failure to protect the health of our rivers, streams, lakes, and coastal waters from pollution and contamination. The report, titled "The Party of Pollution: An Analysis of the Republican Majority's Failure to Protect Clean Water", also highlights years of … Continue Reading


DeFazio Criticizes Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration After Report Finds Lack of Progress on Rulemakings

October 17, 2016

EUGENE, OR-Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) raised concerns with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) after a report released by the Department of Transportation Inspector General (IG) found serious issues with the implementation of critical recommendations regarding pipeline and hazardous materials safety. In February 2015, DeFazio requested the IG investigation and expressed serious concerns … Continue Reading


House Democrats Urge Federal Oversight of New Jersey Transit, Release of Safety Audit

October 14, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, top Democratic leaders from the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx urging that the Department take immediate actions to ensure the safe operation of New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit). The letter also requests that DOT publicly release a recent safety audit of NJ Transit. The letter was signed by Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter … Continue Reading


DEFAZIO PUSHES TO PROTECT COMMUNITIES FROM DANGEROUS OIL TRAIN ACCIDENTS

October 06, 2016

EUGENE, OR-Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter to Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Anthony Foxx, pushing for stronger rules that will better protect and prepare communities and local officials when catastrophic crude oil train accidents occur. DeFazio's letter was sent as DOT and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) finalize new rules to require railroads to … Continue Reading


Ranking Member DeFazio Dear Colleague: Oppose the Graves Amendment (#10)

September 27, 2016

September 28, 2016 Oppose the Graves Amendment (#10) Which Waives Davis-Bacon Worker Protections to H.R. 5303, the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 Dear Colleague: I strongly urge you to vote "no" on the Graves Amendment (#10) to H.R. 5303, the "Water Resources Development Act of 2016", which waives the prevailing wage protections provided by the Davis-Bacon Act for water resources projects carried out by non-Federal interests. This amendment claims to find … Continue Reading


Congressional Transportation Leaders Announce Selection of the Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Grants Award Winners

September 07, 2016

U.S. Reps. Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, today released the following joint statement on the selection of the Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Grants award winners by the Federal Transit Administration: "The FAST Act provided clear direction to the Federal Transit … Continue Reading


STB Reverses Ill-Conceived Proposals That Would Have Led to Significant Amtrak Delays

July 28, 2016

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) applauded the announcement that the Surface Transportation Board (STB) has reconsidered two proposals that would have significantly delayed Amtrak train travel throughout Oregon and the United States. In December 2015, the STB proposed that freight railroads, not passenger rail service, should have priority on shared rail lines across the United States. The STB also … Continue Reading