Press Releases

Special T&I Panel Releases Report on Improving U.S. Freight Transportation

October 29, 2013

Washington, DC - The Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation, led by the panel’s Chairman, U.S. Rep John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN) and Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), released its final report today on the current state of freight transportation in the United States and its recommendations for freight transportation improvements to strengthen the U.S. economy. The special panel of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee was established by Full Committee Chairman Bill Shuster … Continue Reading


Rahall Urges Passage of Bipartisan, Pro-Jobs Water Resources Bill

October 22, 2013

Rahall Urges Passage of Bipartisan, Pro-Jobs Water Resources Bill Floor Statement The Honorable Nick Rahall II, Ranking Member H.R. 3080: The Water Resources Reform Development Act of 2013 October 23, 2013 I am pleased to rise today to support H.R. 3080: “the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013.” This legislation provides important direction to the Army Corps of Engineers to meet its mission objectives and reform their planning and construction processes while … Continue Reading


Transportation Leaders Introduce FEMA Reauthorization Act of 2013

October 21, 2013

Washington, DC - Today, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA); Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV); Emergency Management Subcommittee Chairman Lou Barletta (R-PA); and Emergency Management Subcommittee Ranking Member Andre Carson (D-IN) introduced the first ever reauthorization of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to improve our Nation’s emergency management capabilities, modernize and strengthen critical components of our preparedness … Continue Reading


Rahall: Shutdown is Compromising Transportation Safety

October 11, 2013

Calls on Speaker Boehner to End Standoff Washington, DC - In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall, top Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, warned of the detrimental impact that the ongoing government shutdown is having on the safety of the Nation’s transportation network.  Many routine inspections designed to ensure the safety of the traveling public have been suspended over the last twelve days.  Furloughed transportation safety inspectors … Continue Reading


Committee Passes Water Resources Reform and Development Act

October 04, 2013

Washington, DC - The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure today unanimously approved bipartisan water resources reform legislation that cuts federal red tape and bureaucracy, streamlines the infrastructure project delivery process, fosters fiscal responsibility, and strengthens our water transportation networks to promote America’s competitiveness, prosperity, and economic growth. H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (WRRDA), was introduced in the House … Continue Reading


Transportation Committee Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA)

September 11, 2013

Washington, DC - Committee leaders today introduced unprecedented bipartisan water resources reform legislation that cuts federal red tape and bureaucracy, streamlines the infrastructure project delivery process, promotes fiscal responsibility, and strengthens our water transportation networks to promote America’s competitiveness, prosperity, and economic growth. H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (WRRDA), was introduced in the House by Transportation and … Continue Reading


Remarks of Ranking Member Rahall; CSX Suppliers Conference

August 15, 2013

Remarks of U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall Ranking Member, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure CSX Suppliers Conference August 16, 2013 It is great to be here today and I thank you for that kind introduction. Often when I get to speak with groups like yours, we meet in Washington, at Congressional meeting rooms and nondescript convention halls. It is much nicer to be here at this historic and timeless venue - The Greenbrier - just a short drive up the road from my home … Continue Reading


Rahall Addresses 11th Annual West Virginia Aviation Conference

August 15, 2013

Remarks of U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall, II Ranking Member Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure 11th Annual West Virginia Aviation Conference August 11, 2013 Thank you for your kind introduction. I am thrilled to be here to help kick off the 11th Annual West Virginia Aviation Conference. It is a pleasure to be surrounded by so many aviation aficionados and industry experts devoted to ensuring a safe and reliable aviation system here in West Virginia. It is because of … Continue Reading


At Rahall’s Request, DOT IG to Review Safety of Nation’s Bridges

August 05, 2013

Washington, DC - The Department of Transportation’s Inspector General (DOT IG) announced this afternoon that his office will conduct a comprehensive audit of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) management and oversight of measures designed to ensure the safety of the nation’s bridges.  The audit was requested by U.S. Rep Nick J. Rahall, top Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, earlier this year following the collapse of the I-5 Bridge in Washington State.  “I am … Continue Reading


On 80th Anniversary of Public Works Administration, Rendell and Rahall to Call for Increased Infrastructure Investment

July 10, 2013

On 80th Anniversary of Public Works Administration, Rendell and Rahall to Call for Increased Infrastructure Investment Washington, DC - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall, top Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell will join together tomorrow to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Public Works Administration and highlight the need for greater investment in job-creating American infrastructure.  Rahall recently introduced the … Continue Reading


Rahall’s SAFE Bridges Act Attracts Broad Support

June 20, 2013

Rahall’s SAFE Bridges Act Attracts Broad Support Washington, DC - A broad coalition of labor, industry, and business groups have endorsed the Strengthen and Fortify Existing Bridges (SAFE Bridges) Act,” legislation introduced yesterday by Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall and Democrats on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.  The bill would provide $5.5 billion to start to reduce the backlog of the more than 150,000 structural deficient and functionally obsolete bridges across the … Continue Reading


Rahall, Transportation Leaders Introduce Legislation to Repair Nation’s Aging Bridges

June 19, 2013

SAFE Bridges Act Provides $5.5 billion for Bridge Replacement & Rehabilitation Washington, DC - Driven by the recent collapse of the I-5 Bridge in Washington State, U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV) and Congressional Transportation leaders today introduced legislation that significantly increases Federal investment in the Nation’s bridge infrastructure.  The Strengthen and Fortify Existing Bridges (SAFE Bridges) Act, provides $5.5 billion to start to reduce the backlog of the more than … Continue Reading


To Ensure Safety of Nation’s Bridges, Rahall Calls for Expedited Inspection Requirements

June 12, 2013

To Ensure Safety of Nation’s Bridges, Rahall Calls for Expedited Inspection Requirements Washington, DC - Following the recent collapse of the I-5 Bridge in Washington State, U.S. Rep Nick J. Rahall, top Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, is calling for the accelerated implementation of new inspection standards and reporting requirements to ensure the safety of the nation’s bridges.   In a letter today, Rahall asked Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to swiftly … Continue Reading


House Republicans Push Bill Waiving U.S. Permit for Foreign Pipeline Company

May 22, 2013

HOUSE REPUBLICANS PUSH BILL WAIVING U.S. PERMIT FOR FOREIGN PIPELINE COMPANY What’s next, deeming driver’s licenses issued?   WASHINGTON, D.C. - In what U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) termed as a “mockery” of the importance of building the Keystone XL Pipeline in the U.S., the House today debated Republican backed legislation that says the project does not even require a permit, deeming the proposal approved. Rahall, a proponent of building the Keystone XL Pipeline who supported pro-pipeline … Continue Reading


Rahall on Keystone Pipeline: "If there is no permit, it ain't legit"

May 15, 2013

Mr. Chairman, as you know, this committee has primary jurisdiction over H.R. 3 and two secondary committees of jurisdiction have already considered the bill. So I begin by thanking you for holding this markup session. Whether one agrees with the bill or not, you are preserving our committee’s jurisdiction rather than waiving it which occurred last Congress. I support the Keystone Pipeline project. I believe it will be an important element in our domestic energy infrastructure. Last … Continue Reading


Rahall Statement on FAA Contract Towers Decision

May 09, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, issued the following statement Friday following the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) decision to continue funding contract air traffic control towers at the nation’s airports through September 30, 2013: "The FAA's decision to continue contract tower operations is on the glide path Congress intended when we gave the agency the flexibility to keep our skies safer with … Continue Reading


Bishop, Transportation Leaders Introduce Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2013

May 08, 2013

  Transportation Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Create Jobs, Protect Water Quality Washington, D.C. - Democratic and Republican leaders on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today joined together in introducing bipartisan legislation that would create American jobs by investing $13.8 billion over five years through the State Revolving Fund (SRF) and other efforts to improve water quality. “Investments in rebuilding our nation’s water and wastewater … Continue Reading


Rahall Statement on the Nomination of Mayor Anthony Foxx as Secretary of Transportation

April 29, 2013

Washington, DC - U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall II, top Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, released the following statement on the  nomination of Mayor Anthony Foxx as Secretary of Transportation. “Mayor Foxx’s first-hand experience in promoting transportation as a means to create jobs, accommodate growth, and expand economic development will no doubt serve him well as he prepares to address the many infrastructure challenges now facing the country.  I look forward to … Continue Reading


Rahall: Unprecedented Authority Given to EPA in Spruce Mine Decision

April 23, 2013

Rahall: Unprecedented Authority Given to EPA in Spruce Mine Decision Washington, DC - U.S. Rep Nick J. Rahall, top Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, released the following statement on today’s U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia’s ruling, which found that the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to retroactively veto Clean Water Act permits previously issued by the Army Corps of Engineers, as EPA did with the Spruce Mine permit in Logan County, … Continue Reading


Shuster, Rahall Announce Special Panel Tasked with Developing Freight Transportation Improvements

April 16, 2013

Washington, DC - Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV) today announced the members of a special panel tasked with examining the current state of freight transportation in the United States and how improving freight transportation can strengthen the U.S. economy. The full committee’s Vice Chairman, Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN), will chair the “Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation.”  Rep. Jerrold Nadler … Continue Reading