Press Releases

Transportation Panel to Hear from WV Officials in Beckley

February 11, 2011

-Beckley First Stop on Nationwide Series of Transportation Hearings- Beckley, W.Va. - The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will travel to Beckley, WV, on Monday to hold a field hearing to gather information as it drafts a long-term surface transportation bill.  U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall, top Democrat on the panel, and other Members of the Committee will lead off a national series of hearings in Beckley to hear firsthand about the transportation challenges facing … Continue Reading


Rahall to Bring Transportation Committee to West Virginia

February 10, 2011

-Beckley First Stop on Nationwide Series of Transportation Hearings- Beckley, W.Va. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall, Democratic leader of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today announced that, at his urging, the Committee will lead off a multistate tour in Beckley, WV, as it crafts a long-term surface transportation bill. “Through my leadership on the Committee, West Virginia will be sitting in the front seat as Congress writes a job-creating transportation bill to … Continue Reading


Rahall: America Needs Jobs, Not Resolutions

February 10, 2011

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), Democratic Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, today called on Congress to stop wasting time and taxpayer dollars on partisan resolutions and instead return to focusing on creating American jobs.  Speaking on the floor of the House, Rahall said he unwaveringly supports Congress conducting its constitutional oversight functions, but questioned the need to spend two days to pass a resolution … Continue Reading


Rahall to Host Native American Roundtable

February 10, 2011

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, today announced he is inviting tribal leaders to a Native American Transportation, Infrastructure, and Economic Development Roundtable. The Roundtable will be held on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, in Room 2167 Rayburn House Office Building from 4-5 pm.  The purpose of the Roundtable is to hear about native issues within the Committee’s jurisdiction.  An … Continue Reading


Rahall Fights to Defend Air Service to Rural Communities

February 09, 2011

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), Democratic leader of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today fought to defend critical Federal funding that helps link rural communities to our Nation’s aviation system.  Speaking at a Subcommittee on Aviation hearing on the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Rahall called on Congress to keep the commitment made in 1978 with the creation of the Essential Air Service (EAS) program to … Continue Reading


Aviation Subcommittee Holds Hearing on FAA Reauthorization

February 08, 2011

Washington, D.C. - The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation today received testimony from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator J. Randolph Babbitt on the reauthorization of the FAA. Below is the opening statement of U.S. Representative Jerry F. Costello (D-IL), Democratic Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Aviation, as prepared for delivery:  STATEMENT OFTHE HONORABLE JERRY F. COSTELLOSUBCOMMITTEE ON AVIATION HEARING ON“FEDERAL AVIATION … Continue Reading


Rahall: Out-build Other Nations, Not Rebuild Them

January 25, 2011

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), Democratic leader of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today released the following statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address: “America can continue to lead the worldwide economy and win the future, but we must at least invest as much in ourselves as our competitor nations are investing in their own futures.  Certainly we need to tighten our budgetary belt, but it is folly to suggest, as some … Continue Reading


Rahall Announces Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Democrats, Subcommittee Ranking Member

January 20, 2011

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), Democratic Leader of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today released the roster of Democratic Members and announced the Democratic Caucus of the Committee has selected Subcommittee Ranking Members for each of its six panels. “We have assembled an incredible group of Democratic Members who will bring to the table extensive expertise and a solid commitment to addressing our Nation’s crumbling infrastructure,” said … Continue Reading


BP National Commission Endorses CLEAR Act Safety Principles

January 11, 2011

Washington, D.C. - The independent commission investigating the BP oil rig explosion today released its final recommendations, which are consistent with nearly all of the safety provisions included in landmark energy legislation authored by U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-WV) and passed by the House of Representatives last summer. “In its final report, the Commission makes abundantly clear that this tragic explosion in the Gulf of Mexico is indeed a game changer in the way we manage America’s oil … Continue Reading


Top Transportation Democrat Rahall Condemns Republican Attempt to Hold Highway Trust Fund Hostage

January 05, 2011

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today attempted to fend off changes to House rules that threaten to undermine long-standing Federal transportation programs. “As their very first act in the Majority, I find it incredible that Republicans would want to pursue a job-killing proposal like this.  One that not only threatens jobs but that could also lead to dramatic reductions in spending for very … Continue Reading


Rahall Selected to Serve as Top Democrat on House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

December 15, 2010

Washington, D.C. - House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick J. Rahall (D-WV) today was selected by the House Democratic Caucus to serve as the Ranking Member on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for the 112th Congress, beginning in January.  Rahall, currently Vice Chairman, has been a Member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for 34 years - his entire tenure in Congress. “I am incredibly proud and humbled by the trust of my colleagues who nominated … Continue Reading