Press Releases

DeFazio to U.S. Airlines: Get Your House In Order

May 03, 2017

For Immediate Release: May 2, 2017 Contact: Jen Gilbreath Adler (DeFazio), 202-225-4472 DeFazio to U.S. Airlines: Get Your House In Order 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 2, 2017 oversight hearing on U.S. airline customer service. Delivered remarks can be found here. Remarks as prepared for delivery are below Statement of the … Continue Reading


Oregon Representatives Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Communities, Establish Emergency Response Fund for Rail Accidents

April 28, 2017

For Immediate Release: April 28, 2017 Contact: Jen Gilbreath (DeFazio), 202-225-4472 Justin Discigil (Walden), 202-225-6730 Nicole L’Esperance (Blumenauer), 202-225-4811 Maggie Rousseau (Bonamici), 202-754-1649 Oregon Representatives Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Communities, Establish Emergency Response Fund for Rail Accidents Washington, D.C. - Today, members of Oregon’s Congressional Delegation introduced the bipartisan Community Protection and Preparedness … Continue Reading


Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Protect U.S. Aviation Jobs from Unfair Competition

April 26, 2017

For Immediate Release: April 26, 2017 Contact: Jen Gilbreath (DeFazio), 202-225-4472 Douglas Wagoner (Larsen), 202-226-9716 Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Protect U.S. Aviation Jobs from Unfair Competition 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 House Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA), and … Continue Reading


Top House and Senate Democrats Blast GSA For New Partisan Policy That Allows Agency to Ignore Democratic Requests

April 06, 2017

For Immediate Release: April 6, 2017 Contact: Jen Gilbreath (House T&I), 202-225-4472 Christine Brennan (Senate EPW), 202-224-8832 Top House and Senate Democrats Blast GSA For New Partisan Policy That Allows Agency to Ignore Democratic Requests Washington, D.C. -- Today, top Democrats on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works sent a letter to Acting Administrator of the U.S. General Services … Continue Reading


Kelly, DeFazio Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Guarantee Maintenance of Nation’s Ports and Harbors

April 04, 2017

Press Release: April 5, 2017 Contact: Jen Gilbreath (DeFazio), (202) 225-4472 Tom Qualtere (Kelly), (202) 225-5406 Kelly, DeFazio Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Guarantee Maintenance of Nation’s Ports and Harbors Washington, D.C. -- Today, Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA), and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), introduced H.R. 1908, the Investing in America: Unlocking the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Norton to Chao: We Cannot Streamline Our Way Out Of Our Transportation Funding Shortfall

April 04, 2017

Press Release: April 5, 2017 Contact: Jen Gilbreath (DeFazio), 202-225-4472 DeFazio, Norton to Chao: We Cannot Streamline Our Way Out Of Our Transportation Funding Shortfall 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 Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Elaine … Continue Reading


DeFazio Introduces Investing in America: A Penny For Progress Act to Boost Investments for the Nation’s Roads, Bridges, and Transit Systems

March 21, 2017

Washington, D.C. -- Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced H.R. 1664, the Investing in America: A Penny for Progress Act, which provides approximately $500 billion in infrastructure investment to rebuild our crumbling network of roads, bridges, and transit systems. “From the first day of his campaign in 2015, President Trump promised to rebuild the nation’s crumbling network of roads, bridges, transit systems, … Continue Reading


DeFazio Responds to Trump Administration’s “Skinny Budget”

March 16, 2017

Washington, D.C. -- Today, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, issued the following statement following the release of the Trump Administration’s “Skinny Budget”: “Over the last few years, President Trump repeatedly promised the American people that he wanted to rebuild and replace our aging network of crumbling roads, bridges, airports, transit systems, railways, ports, and water systems. The President’s budget, released … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Larsen Introduce Legislation to Increase Airfare Transparency and Protect Consumer

March 08, 2017

For Immediate Release: March 8, 2017 Contact: Jen Gilbreath (DeFazio), 202-225-4472 Douglas Wagoner (Larsen), 202-226-9716 Washington, D.C. -- Today, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) introduced H.R. 1420, the Know Before You Fly Act. This legislation enhances and strengthens protections for air travelers during mass flight delays and … Continue Reading


Top Democrats Request IG Investigation of GSA Handling of Trump’s D.C. Hotel Lease

March 06, 2017

For Immediate Release: March 7, 2017 Contact: Jen Gilbreath (DeFazio), 202-225-4472 Top Democrats Request IG Investigation of GSA Handling of Trump’s D.C. Hotel Lease GSA ignored requests for documents related to the apparent breach of the lease 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 … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Massie Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Rebuild and Improve Nation’s Airports

March 01, 2017

The legislation would raise tens of billions of dollars for airports without increasing the deficit Washington, D.C. -- Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced H.R. 1265, the Investing in America: Rebuilding America’s Airport Infrastructure Act. This legislation will generate billions of dollars each year to help our airports rebuild and rehabilitate aging terminals, runways, and … Continue Reading


DeFazio Reacts to President Trump's Address to Congress

February 27, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC—Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) responded to President Trump's address to a Joint Session of Congress on February 28, 2017. Following are DeFazio's remarks: “I have long advocated for increased investment in the nation’s roads, bridges, and transit systems, and President Trump has repeatedly said that he wants to invest in infrastructure and that he supports Buy America. He briefly reiterated those … Continue Reading


DeFazio Sends Letter to Trump, Offers Three Solutions to Invest in American Infrastructure

February 07, 2017

Washington, D.C. -- Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) offered three solutions to repair the nation’s ports, airports, roads, bridges and transit without adding to the deficit. “These Investing in America initiatives will better enable U.S. businesses to export goods, level the playing field with our foreign competitors, and create and sustain family-wage jobs in the United States,” said DeFazio. Investing in Roads, Bridges, … Continue Reading


DeFazio Announces Democratic Subcommittee Ranking Members, Vice Ranking Member for Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

January 24, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced the Democratic Subcommittee Ranking Members of the Committee for the 115th Congress. Full subcommittee rosters will be announced next week. Subcommittee on Aviation Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency … Continue Reading


Top Oversight and Transportation Committee Dems Request Information on GSA’s Steps to Address President Trump’s Apparent Breach of D.C. Hotel Lease

January 22, 2017

Washington, D.C. (Jan. 23, 2017)—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, and Reps. Gerry Connolly and André Carson sent a letter requesting information regarding how the General Services Administration (GSA) is addressing President Donald Trump’s apparent breach of the Old Post Office lease agreement. “Two key events have … Continue Reading


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