Press Releases

As the Trump Administration Attempts to Fast-Track Authorization to Move LNG by Rail Tank Car, Chair DeFazio and Rep. Malinowski Introduce New Legislation to Study the Risks and Provide Much-Needed Transparency

September 13, 2019

Washington, DC - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Congressman Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) introduced H.R. 4306, legislation requiring a comprehensive review into the transport of liquified natural gas (LNG) by rail tank car within the United States. On April 10, 2019, President Donald Trump issued an executive order directing the Secretary of the Department of Transportation (DOT) to authorize the movement of LNG in rail tank cars within 13 … Continue Reading


As Part of the Committee’s Investigation into the Boeing 737 MAX, Chairs DeFazio and Larsen Formally Request Interviews with Several Boeing Employees

September 12, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure ("Committee") Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) wrote to Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg to formally request interviews with several Boeing employees. The Committee believes certain employees may be able to shed light on issues central to the Committee's investigation, including information about the design, development and certification of the 737 MAX. The … Continue Reading


CLEAN WATER UNDER ATTACK: The Five Worst Things the Trump Administration is Doing Right Now to Undermine Clean Water

September 12, 2019

New T&I Committee report highlights how Trump's EPA is quietly rolling back regulations and letting polluters call the shots. The Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment to hold a hearing on status of the Clean Water Act, with a representative from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to testify. Washington, DC- Nearly fifty years after the passage of the Clean Water Act, the Trump EPA has quietly launched an unprecedented attack on the very policies and regulations that … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Norton Statements from Hearing on “Pricing and Technology Strategies to Address Congestion on and Financing of America’s Roads”

September 11, 2019

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as delivered, from Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Chair of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) during today's hearing titled "Pricing and Technology Strategies to Address Congestion on and Financing of America's Roads." Chair DeFazio: "Thanks, Madam Chair. You both made points that Congress needs to pay attention to. The cost of congestion on an … Continue Reading


As Part of Ongoing Investigation into Trump’s DC Hotel Lease, Chairs DeFazio and Titus Press GSA Official For Key Records and Question Why the Agency is Taking Legal Guidance from Trump Hotel Attorney

September 10, 2019

Washington, DC- After months of refusing to provide the committee with specific records related to President Trump's lease at the federally-owned Old Post Office, 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) pressed U.S. General Services Administrator (GSA) Emily Murphy to comply with their records requests, pointing out that the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Titus Correct the Record Regarding Oversight on Old Post Office Lease

September 06, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chairman 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) responded to a recent news report of a lack of adequate oversight over President Trump serving as landlord and tenant of the Old Post Office building in Washington, D.C. "As Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure I have an obligation and duty … Continue Reading


Environmental Protection Agency to Testify Before Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment on Clean Water Act

September 06, 2019

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, "The Administration's Priorities and Policy Initiatives Under the Clean Water Act." The Subcommittee will receive testimony from Dave Ross, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Urges Reinvigorated Federal Role in Infrastructure Investment after New Report Shows Traffic Congestion Only Getting Worse Across the U.S.

August 23, 2019

Report: Congestion now costs the average commuter in the U.S. an estimated 54 hours and more than $1,000 each year Chair DeFazio: This is "the result of trying to run a 21st century economy on a 1950s-era transportation system" Washington, D.C. - Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement in response to the release of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute's 2019 Urban Mobility Report, which showed the number of hours commuters lost to traffic delays has climbed … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio, Rep. Malinowski Press PHMSA for Updated Information on Special Permit to Transport LNG by Rail

August 08, 2019

Washington, DC -Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Congressman Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) sent a follow-up letter to Administrator Howard Elliott of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) requesting an update on where the special permit for Energy Transport Solutions, LLC to move liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail stands now that the public comment period has closed. Both Chair DeFazio and Rep. Malinowski have … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Respond to EPA’s Decision to Streamline Approval for Pebble Mine

August 01, 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 Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) responded to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to withdraw the proposed determination under Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act for the use of the Pebble Mine project in Alaska. "We have serious concerns about the shell game the Trump administration is playing to … Continue Reading


In New Letter, Chair DeFazio Demands Information from EPA Administrator About Trump Administration Effort to Allow More Untreated Sewage Into Local Rivers and Waterways

July 30, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) officially requested that the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Andrew Wheeler, provide records and analysis linked to the Trump administration's effort to potentially allow sewage treatment plants to bypass legally required wastewater treatment and instead discharge inadequately treated sewage into waterways, through a process known as "blending." In … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Presses EPA on Its Decision to Limit States Rights Within the Clean Water Act

July 30, 2019

Washington, D.C. -Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter to the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Andrew Wheeler, requesting that information be provided to the Committee on impacts and changes made to Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA), which manages states' roles in implementing water quality standards. Section 401 of the Clean Water Act gives states oversight responsibility for any … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement from Hearing on School Bus Safety

July 25, 2019

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) during today's hearing titled: "Examining the Federal Role in Improving School Bus Safety." Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Madam Chair, for holding this important hearing. Ensuring the safe transportation of passengers is a critical responsibility of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. I can't think of a more … Continue Reading


House Overwhelmingly Approves Bipartisan Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019

July 24, 2019

Washington, DC - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation to reauthorize, strengthen, and support the United States Coast Guard in its critical missions to save lives, safeguard our shores, protect the marine environment, and help ensure a 21st century maritime transportation system for America. The bill now moves to the Senate. "I am pleased that the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee was again able to come together to find common ground in support of … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Norton Announce Highways and Transit Subcommittee Hearing on School Bus Safety

July 19, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Chair of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), announced the Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "Examining the Federal Role in Improving School Bus Safety." The purpose of this hearing is to evaluate current school bus safety measures and to determine whether additional Federal safety requirements are warranted. The Subcommittee will hear … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Lipinski Announce Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee Roundtable on Railroad Shippers

July 19, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) announced the Subcommittee will hold a roundtable on railroad shippers. The purpose of this roundtable is to learn from railroad shippers about the challenges they face in moving commodities by rail. More information about the roundtable, including a live webcast, can be found here … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Statements from Hearing on “State of Aviation Safety”

July 17, 2019

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: "State of Aviation Safety." Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Chair Larsen, for calling today's hearing on aviation safety. Ensuring the safety of our nation's transportation systems is the most important job of this Committee, and today … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano React to EPA’s WOTUS Repeal Rule Reaching the White House

July 16, 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 Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) reacted to news that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has sent its final rule to repeal the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule to the White House for review. "It is absolutely outrageous that the Trump administration is pushing ahead with a gift to special interests by … Continue Reading


New Committee Analysis of Capital Investment Grant Program Shows Project Approval Time More Than Doubled Under Trump Administration, Costing Transit Agencies Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

July 16, 2019

Because of slow-moving approval process since 2017, analysis shows local governments scrambled to make up at least $845 million in extra costs unnecessarily caused by Federal Transit Administration Chair DeFazio: "These findings should be a wake-up call to FTA, the Department of Transportation and the White House that it must drop its hostility toward transit and follow the law" Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement from Hearing on Capital Investment Grants

July 16, 2019

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) during today's hearing titled: "Oversight of the Federal Transit Administration's Implementation of the Capital Investment Grant Program." Chair DeFazio: Since the election in 2016, I have been cautiously optimistic that the President and Congress could really work together and invest in the rebuilding of America. … Continue Reading