Press Releases

Rahall: Let’s Put Americans Back to Work Rebuilding America

January 25, 2012

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today released the following statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address: “I am pleased that the State of the Union address highlighted the need to create good jobs here in America.  We have a real opportunity - and responsibility - to create those jobs now by making adequate investments in our Nation’s crumbling surface transportation … Continue Reading


Rahall Unveils Major Proposal to Create American Jobs

December 01, 2011

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, was joined by Committee Members, labor leaders, and a U.S. manufacturer today to introduce legislation to create American jobs and revitalize American manufacturing through Federal transportation and infrastructure investments. “We are here today because many Americans, still recovering from the worst economic recession since the Great Depression, are … Continue Reading


Rahall, Transportation Leaders to Unveil Major Proposal to Create American Jobs

November 30, 2011

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will be joined by Committee Members and transportation leaders tomorrow to unveil a major proposal to create American jobs. Who: Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), Ranking Member, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL), Ranking Member, Subcommittee on … Continue Reading


Rahall, Petri Unveil Legislation to Create Transportation Jobs for American Veterans

November 18, 2011

Washington, D.C. - To combat ongoing high unemployment among American veterans, U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and U.S. Representative Tom Petri (R-WI), Chairman of the Aviation Subcommittee, today introduced bipartisan legislation to create transportation jobs for American veterans. “The brave men and women who have put their lives on the line in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere deserve to be at the front of … Continue Reading


Rahall Statement on Republican Surface Transportation “Proposal”

November 17, 2011

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today held a press conference after House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Chairman John Mica (R-FL) unveiled the House Republican ‘proposal’ for a long-term surface transportation reauthorization.  Below are Rahall’s remarks, as prepared for delivery: “Today, House Republicans announced a plan short on details but long on expectations to reauthorize our surface … Continue Reading


TODAY: Rahall, DeFazio to Hold Press Conference on House Republican Surface Transportation “Proposal”

November 17, 2011

***MEDIA ADVISORY***   TODAY: Rahall, DeFazio to Hold Press Conference on House Republican Surface Transportation “Proposal”               Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and U.S. Representative Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), top Democrat on the Highways and Transit Subcommittee, will hold a press conference today to discuss the House Republican “proposal” for a long-term surface transportation … Continue Reading


Rahall Addresses 2011 West Virginians for Better Transportation Conference

November 14, 2011

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today discussed the importance of investing in America’s transportation future to help grow West Virginia’s economy at the 2011West Virginians for Better Transportation Conference in Charleston, West Virginia. “Corporations, consumers, construction crews, and most of my colleagues in Congress all manage to see that America can emerge from this recession stronger … Continue Reading


Rahall to Address West Virginians for Better Transportation Conference

November 10, 2011

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will discuss the importance of transportation investments while addressing the 2011 West Virginians for Better Transportation Conference on November 14, 2011, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Charleston, West Virginia. The Committee is in the process of developing a multi-year surface transportation bill that Rahall hopes will address the growing backlog of … Continue Reading


Rahall, Transportation Advocates to Hold Press Conference Tuesday to Discuss Dangerous Bridges

October 17, 2011

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will be joined by transportation organizations and advocates at a press conference under the Route 16 “Mabscott Overhead Bridge” in Beckley to discuss the importance of Congress passing a robust multi-year surface transportation bill. “The collapse of the Silver Bridge in 1967 was a tragic example of our Nation’s decaying transportation systems, but should serve … Continue Reading


Amtrak Announces Record Ridership as Republicans Rush to Auction Off its Assets

October 13, 2011

Washington, D.C. - Amtrak today announced that a record 30.2 million passengers traveled on its trains in Fiscal Year 2011, far surpassing any other year on record.  Despite this record ridership, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives continue to attempt to dismantle the carrier through paltry budgets and a partisan plan to privatize its operations. “Americans are returning to the rails in record numbers, yet Republicans are pulling out all of the stops in their rush to auction off … Continue Reading


GAO Report: Every State Receives More Highway Funding than it Contributes to the Highway Trust Fund

October 12, 2011

Washington, D.C. - Over the course of the last multi-year surface transportation authorization (SAFETEA-LU) from 2005 to 2009, every state received more funding for highway programs than what they contributed to the Highway Trust Fund, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report being released today that was requested by U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “Instead of being consumed by the parochial … Continue Reading


Transportation Leaders Introduce Bill to Create Jobs, Protect Water Quality

October 12, 2011

Washington, D.C. - Leaders on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee yesterday introduced bipartisan legislation to create American jobs by investing $13.8 billion over five years through the State Revolving Fund (SRF) and other efforts to improve water quality. “In addition to creating immediate construction jobs, funding for modern water and wastewater infrastructure improves the quality of life for area residents and helps to provide the kind of basic services needed to … Continue Reading


TTI Report: Cost of Congestion More Than $100 Billion

September 27, 2011

- Report Highlights Need for Congress to Pass Robust Surface Transportation Bill - Washington, D.C. - The Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) today released its annual Urban Mobility Report, finding that the cost of congestion continues to cost the United States over $100 billion annually.  U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said the report highlighted the need for Congress to pass a robust surface transportation … Continue Reading


CEOs: Congress Must Pass Robust Transportation Bill to Rebuild America

September 22, 2011

Washington, D.C. - With nearly 150,000 deficient American bridges that are crippling our Nation’s economic competitiveness from coast to coast, CEOs of 20 major U.S. corporations called on Congress to pass a robust multi-year surface transportation bill to create jobs and rebuild America.  U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today released the following statement in response to the letter from the CEOs to … Continue Reading


Rahall: Surface and Air Transportation Extensions Keep Construction Crews on the Clock as Congress Completes its Work

September 13, 2011

Washington, D.C. - The House of Representatives today passed legislation to keep the Nation’s aviation and surface transportation programs running while Congress completes its work on long-term reauthorizations. “Extending these programs is critical to our economic recovery, and the pending measure does so without any poison pills or draconian cuts to investment in our surface transportation programs,” said U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation … Continue Reading


Rahall Statement on President Obama’s Address on Jobs

September 08, 2011

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, tonight released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s address to a Joint Session of Congress on jobs: “In the bipartisan spirit that has been a hallmark of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for decades, I invited Chairman John Mica to sit next to me during tonight’s address.  We may have walked out of the chamber with … Continue Reading


Rahall, Bishop Call on President Obama to Support Water Infrastructure Investments to Create American Jobs

September 08, 2011

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, U.S. Representative Timothy H. Bishop (D-NY), top Democrat on the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, and 50 of their colleagues in Congress today urged President Barack Obama to ensure water infrastructure investments are part of any plan to create American jobs. “While we agree with you on the economic and societal benefits of investment in the … Continue Reading


Rahall Statement on FAA Shutdown

August 04, 2011

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today released the following statement after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced, subject to Senate approval, a proposal to move the process forward that would end the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA): “The Republican-driven FAA shutdown has jeopardized tens of thousands of American jobs and caused the Aviation Trust Fund to … Continue Reading


Rahall Statement on 30th Anniversary of the Air Traffic Controller Strike

August 03, 2011

—Republican-driven FAA Shutdown Threatens Nearly 90,000 American Workers, 3,600 FAA Aviation Experts, Over $1 Billion in Lost Revenue— Washington, D.C.- U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today released the following statement on the 30th anniversary of the air traffic controller strike: “Thirty years ago this week, thousands of air traffic controllers were fired by President Ronald Reagan for fighting for their … Continue Reading


Republicans Go on Vacation While FAA Aviation Experts and Construction Crews go without Paychecks

August 02, 2011

—Republicans Skip Town Stranding Nearly 90,000 American Workers, Furloughing 3,600 FAA Aviation Experts, Jeopardizing Over $11 Billion in Contracts, Losing over $1 Billion in Revenue— Washington, D.C.- Despite last minute pleas by House Democrats to solve the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) shutdown, House Republican leaders closed up shop for the month of August, ensuring the devastating damage from the Republican-led FAA shutdown will last for at least another month. “House Republicans … Continue Reading