Press Releases

Committee Leaders Call on GAO to Review Status of FAA’s Efforts to Integrate Drones into the Nation’s Airspace

February 25, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA), and Subcommittee Ranking Member Garret Graves (R-LA) are requesting the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) review efforts by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS). UAS continue to provide Americans … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Larsen Statements on DOT Inspector General’s Second Report Regarding the Boeing 737 MAX

February 24, 2021

Washington, DC - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) released the following statements after the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of the Inspector General finalized the second of its two reports regarding the certification of the Boeing 737 MAX. Chairs DeFazio and Larsen had requested the DOT IG investigation shortly after the second Boeing 737 MAX crash occurred in March … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Norton Statements from Hearing on Equity in Transportation Safety Enforcement

February 24, 2021

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 Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) during today's hearing titled, "Examining Equity in Transportation Safety Enforcement." Video of DeFazio and Norton's opening statements are here and here. More information on the hearing can be found here. Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Madam … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Statements from Hearing on the Urgent Need to Invest in America’s Wastewater Infrastructure

February 23, 2021

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 Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) during today's hearing titled, "Building Back Better: The Urgent Need for Investment in America's Wastewater Infrastructure." Video of DeFazio and Napolitano's opening statements are here and here. More information on the hearing can … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Norton Announce Subcommittee Hearing on Examining Equity in Transportation Safety Enforcement

February 19, 2021

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 Equity in Transportation Safety Enforcement." This is the first hearing of the Subcommittee in the 117th Congress. More information about the hearing, including witness testimony and a livestream, can be found here once available. … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Announce Subcommittee Hearing on the Urgent Need to Invest in America’s Wastewater Infrastructure

February 19, 2021

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, "Building Back Better: The Urgent Need for Investment in America's Wastewater Infrastructure." This is the first hearing of the Subcommittee in the 117th Congress. More information about the hearing, including witness testimony and a … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Applauds Biden Administration for Rescinding Artificial Financing Barrier to Major Infrastructure Projects

February 16, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement after the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) rescinded guidance the Trump administration put in place in June 2018 regarding Capital Investment Grant (CIG) projects. Chair DeFazio had urged the Biden administration to review the Trump-era guidance that meant Federal loans were counted as part of the entire Federal share of CIG projects, even though … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio and Ranking Member Graves Urge President Biden to Start Using Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Immediately to Maintain U.S. Ports and Harbors and Support American Jobs

February 12, 2021

DeFazio and Graves on full utilization of the HMTF: "This would directly benefit the countless businesses, industries, farmers, and workers whose livelihoods depend on coastal and inland harbors for the movement of goods and services" Thanks to WRDA 2020, billions of dollars in unused funds have been unlocked for their intended purpose - maintaining U.S. ports and harbors Washington, DC - House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member … Continue Reading


Following All-Day Markup, Committee Advances Key Portions of President Biden’s COVID Relief Legislation to Deliver Badly-Needed Aid to the American People

February 11, 2021

Washington, DC- The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has advanced nearly $100 billion in badly-needed aid to the American people-including transportation workers whose jobs are at risk due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic-as part of President Biden's American Rescue Plan. "By approving this legislation, our Committee is moving forward with providing much-needed relief to the millions of transportation workers and rural and urban communities alike that have been devastated … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement from Full Committee Markup on Committee’s Portions of President Biden’s COVID Relief Proposal

February 10, 2021

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 markup to consider legislative proposals to comply with the reconciliation directive included in section 2001 of the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2021, S. Con. Res. 5. Video of DeFazio's opening statement is here. More information on the markup can be found here. Chair DeFazio: Today … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Releases Details of T&I Budget Reconciliation Text, Calling the New Round of COVID Relief a “Critical Step” for Workers

February 09, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released new details of the COVID-19 relief proposal to help fill out President Biden's $1.9 trillion framework, the American Rescue Plan. The $1.9 trillion package, which includes nearly $100 billion within the Committee's jurisdiction, will deliver badly needed aid to the American people, including transportation workers whose jobs are at risk due to the ongoing economic downturn and the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Carbajal Statements from Hearing on COVID-19’s Impacts on the U.S. Maritime Sector

February 09, 2021

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 Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Salud Carbajal (D-CA) during today's hearing titled, "State of the U.S. Maritime Industry: Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic." Video of DeFazio and Carbajal's opening statements are here and here. More information on the hearing can be found here. Chair … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Thompson Urge FAA, TSA to Enforce Federal Mask Mandate for Airline Passengers to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

February 09, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC-Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) are urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to closely coordinate with all stakeholders to enforce President Joe Biden's Federal mask mandate for airline passengers to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and ensure passenger and frontline aviation and … Continue Reading


House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to Hold Markup

February 08, 2021

Washington, DC - The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a Full Committee markup on Wednesday, February 10, at 11:00AM EST to consider the following measures: Legislative proposals to comply with the reconciliation directive included in section 2001 of the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2021, S. Con. Res. 5 (Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute) Other matters cleared for consideration. Members will appear by videoconference or in person in … Continue Reading


ICYMI: President Biden: “I Can Hardly Wait to Sit Down with Peter DeFazio to Work on Infrastructure” (VIDEO)

February 05, 2021

"We have a chance to do something big here" WASHINGTON, DC-Rep. Peter DeFazio, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, today met with President Joe Biden and other members of House Democratic leadership to discuss the urgent need for another COVID-19 relief package. During the meeting, President Biden remarked that he "can hardly wait to sit down with Peter DeFazio to work on infrastructure," as the next major initiative to strengthen the staggering economy and create … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Carbajal Announce Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee Hearing on COVID-19 Impacts on U.S. Maritime Industry

February 05, 2021

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Salud Carbajal (D-CA) announced the Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "State of the U.S. Maritime Industry: Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic." This is the first Subcommittee hearing that newly-elected Chair Carbajal will preside over. More information about the hearing, including testimony and a live … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement from Full Committee Hearing on “Protecting Transportation Workers and Passengers from COVID: Gaps in Safety, Lessons Learned, and Next Steps”

February 04, 2021

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, "Protecting Transportation Workers and Passengers from COVID: Gaps in Safety, Lessons Learned, and Next Steps." See video of Chair DeFazio's opening statement here. More information on the hearing can be found here. Chair DeFazio: Today, we are here to discuss one aspect of the COVID-19 … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio and Ranking Member Graves Announce Subcommittee Rosters for the 117th Congress

February 04, 2021

Washington, DC- Today, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held its organizational meeting for the 117th Congress, where the Committee finalized assignments for its six subcommittees as well as the Committee rules. "As the largest committee in Congress by membership, we have the good fortune of bringing together representatives from districts of all shapes and sizes, whether the district is a small slice of New York or Los Angeles, or the entire state of Alaska," Chair … Continue Reading


Group of House Democrats Pushing for FEMA Cost-Share Reimbursement Applaud President Biden’s Latest Action That Will Help Communities Across the Country

February 02, 2021

By retroactively reimbursing state, local, tribal, and territorial governments for costs tied to their COVID-19 response dating back to January 2020, the Biden administration is going above and beyond to provide much-needed financial relief to communities President Biden's executive action comes after House Democrats urged the Biden administration to waive all Federal cost-share requirements for pandemic response assistance provided by FEMA WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House … Continue Reading


ICYMI: DeFazio Discusses His Transformational Infrastructure Legislation During The Hill’s “Reset 2021: A New American Start”

February 02, 2021

WASHINGTON- As part of The Hill's virtual panel titled, "Reset 2021: A New American Start," Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) spoke with The Hill's Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons about his vision for rebuilding America's infrastructure. Chair DeFazio discussed his legislation, the Moving Forward Act, which would create millions of good-paying American jobs while cutting carbon pollution from the transportation sector and making our … Continue Reading