Press Releases

DeFazio Reacts to New Rail Tank Car Safety Rules

April 30, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement in response to the long-awaited rail tank car safety rule released today. "I want to congratulate Secretary Foxx for issuing a Final Rule on rail tank cars transporting flammable materials, including crude oil and ethanol. The National Transportation Safety Board first recommended replacing and retrofitting these cars more than 20 years ago. I am … Continue Reading


DeFazio Asks DOT to Protect Travelling Public, Push ICAO to Address Lithium Ion Battery Transportation Risks

April 23, 2015

Washington, D.C. - In a letter to Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) pressed the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to address risks associated with the transport of lithium batteries by air at an international aviation working group meeting scheduled for April 27 in Montreal, Canada. The meeting, held by the Dangerous Goods Panel of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), will … Continue Reading


DeFazio Reacts to GAO Report On FAA Exposure to Cyberattacks

April 13, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement after the GAO issued three recommendations to protect the flying public against cyberattacks on our aviation system. "This report exposed a real and serious threat-cyberattacks on an aircraft in flight. FAA must focus on aircraft certification standards that would prevent a terrorist with a laptop in the cabin or on the ground from taking … Continue Reading


DeFazio Commends NTSB for Common Sense Rail Tank Car Safety Recommendations

April 05, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement after the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued urgent recommendations that would improve safety of rail tank cars transporting hazardous materials. “For nearly 25 years, NTSB has been pushing to increase safety standards for rail tank cars carrying hazardous materials. The recommendations issued today to replace the outdated, … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Peter DeFazio's statement on the Administration's GROW AMERICA Act

March 29, 2015

Today, Ranking Member Peter DeFazio's released the following statement on the Administration's GROW AMERICA Act: “I commend Secretary Foxx and President Obama for putting forth a comprehensive, long-term proposal that includes a much needed increase in investments for road, bridge, and transit projects. There are some issues with the legislation. For instance, allowing tolling on roads that are currently free is dead on arrival as far as I’m concerned. Overall, this is a serious … Continue Reading


DeFazio Requests Investigation into Crude Oil Transportation and Emergency Response Capabilities

March 11, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting an examination of emergency response capabilities to handle crude oil transportation by rail. "As trains travel from oil production areas such as the Bakken in North Dakota to refineries along the Gulf, East and West Coasts, they pass through a number of states, including very rural areas. I have … Continue Reading


DeFazio Urges Administration to Curb Anti-Competitive Practices By Gulf Carriers

March 08, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), sent letters to Secretaries Anthony Foxx and John Kerry, urging them to protect U.S. jobs and immediately act to restore a fair, competitive balance between U.S. air carriers and Gulf state subsidized airlines. The letters were sent after a recent report uncovered anti-competitive practices of the three largest airlines of the Gulf states of Qatar and the United Arab … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Garamendi to GOP Leadership: Don’t Hold Coast Guard Funding Hostage to Push Political Agenda

February 24, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, blasted House Republican leadership for holding critical Coast Guard funding hostage to score political points. Funding for the Coast Guard will run out on Saturday, putting 41,000 active-duty military personnel in harm's way without pay unless Speaker … Continue Reading


DeFazio Requests Audit of Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Programs

February 02, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Inspector General Calvin L. Scovel, III requesting a full audit of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's (PHMSA) pipeline and hazardous materials safety programs. The request comes on the same day that DeFazio highlighted PHMSA's failure to address longstanding pipeline and hazardous materials safety … Continue Reading


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

January 21, 2015

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 114th Congress. Full subcommittee rosters will be announced next week. The entire list of Democratic Ranking Members is below. Subcommittee on AviationRep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime TransportationRep. John Garamendi (D-CA) Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public … Continue Reading


DeFazio Blasts U.S. DOT for Failing to Address Rail Tank Car Safety

January 21, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx, urging him to take immediate action to address rail tank car safety and other significant pipeline and hazardous materials safety hazards. "Despite numerous incidents involving the transportation of crude oil and other flammable materials by rail, subsequent NTSB safety recommendations, and an … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Larsen, Garamendi Applaud Administration’s Efforts to Coordinate Federal Action in the Arctic

January 21, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member of the Aviation Subcommittee Rick Larsen (D-WA), and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation John Garamendi (D-CA), applauded efforts by the Obama Administration to coordinate a government wide approach to addressing U.S. interests in the Arctic. The Representatives offered the following statements in support: "I want to … Continue Reading


DeFazio Announces Democratic Roster for Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

January 14, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced the 25 Democratic Members of the Committee for the 114th Congress. Twenty-three of the Members served on the Committee in the previous Congress. The Democrats welcome two Members new to the Committee, Representatives Jared Huffman and Julia Brownley, who both represent districts in California. Subcommittee Ranking Members will be elected next week. The entire list of … Continue Reading


Ranking Member DeFazio's Statement on H.R. 3, The Keystone XL Pipeline Act

January 11, 2015

Statement of The Honorable Peter DeFazio H.R. 3, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act January 9, 2015 Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to the bill.Here we go again. For the tenth time in the last four years, we will vote on short-circuiting the review process for the Keystone XL pipeline, a pipeline that is owned and operated by a foreign entity, which will ship tar sands across the Canadian border more than 1,900 miles through the United States. Not only is the Republican Leadership … Continue Reading


DeFazio Fights Administration's Decision to Open Border to Mexican Trucks Starting Monday

January 11, 2015

Washington, D.C. -Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) pushed back on a decision by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to open the United States border to Mexican-domiciled trucking companies. "Today, the Obama Administration notified me that as of Monday, the U.S. border will be open for Mexican-domiciled trucking companies to apply for long-haul operating authority. I am deeply disappointed," DeFazio said. … Continue Reading


DeFazio Blasts Republican Passage of Controversial Keystone XL Bill

January 08, 2015

Washington, D.C.--Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) blasted the House Republican Leadership for passing legislation that bypasses federal agencies to allow construction on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. DeFazio helped lead Democratic opposition to the controversial legislation, which has been considered by the House ten times. "Under this legislation, TransCanada gets the profits; they pay nothing into the spill … Continue Reading


Top Democrats Demand Boehner Follow Rules of the House for Controversial Keystone Vote

January 05, 2015

Washington, DC- Three leading House Democratic lawmakers called on Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) to use regular order for consideration of controversial legislation to approve construction of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline. In a letter sent yesterday, Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Frank Pallone (D-NJ), and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), ranking members-elect on the House Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Energy and Commerce, and Natural Resources, respectively, … Continue Reading


IG Critical of Bridge Safety Implementation

August 26, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall, the top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, took issue with the Obama Administration for continuing its slow implementation of critical bridge safety reforms. A new U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) Inspector General (IG) report released today in response to a request Rahall made in 2013 highlights serious concerns with the implementation of bridge safety changes contained in the "Moving Ahead for … Continue Reading


Rahall Votes to Advance Highway Trust Fund Fix

July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC - As the top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-WV) worked with his colleagues today to complete House action on a bill that will keep workers on the job building America’s transportation network. “Two weeks ago, I stood in this exact spot and urged passage of a Highway Trust Fund patch as soon as possible to keep our surface transportation programs up and running,” said Rahall on the House floor today. “With a single … Continue Reading


House Passes Fix to Highway Trust Fund

July 15, 2014

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), the top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers in voting to pass a bill in the House that will help keep American workers on the job building the nation’s transportation network.   “This is about far more than accounting, dollar signs, and trust funds.  It’s about the men and women who work in these industries and have to face needless uncertainty about their futures.  … Continue Reading