Press Releases

Democratic Committee Leaders Ask DOT to Investigate Colonial Pipeline Company

November 02, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC - Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ),Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power Ranking Member Bobby Rush (D-IL), Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Ranking Member Michael Capuano (D-MA), and Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-CO) … Continue Reading


House Democrats Release Report, Urge Republicans to Connect Low Income People to Jobs with Higher Investment for Crumbling Transit Systems

October 26, 2016

House Democrats Release Report, Urge Republicans to Connect Low Income People to Jobs with Higher Investment for Crumbling Transit Systems Washington, D.C.-Today, Democrats on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure released a new report that details the dichotomy of the Republican majority's "A Better Way" budget framework and the need to connect low income people to jobs with affordable, reliable public transit. "Since the 1970s, studies have shown that … Continue Reading


House Democrats Release Clean Water Report on the 44th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act

October 18, 2016

House Democrats Release Clean Water Report on the 44th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act Washington, D.C.-Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Democrats released a new report detailing the House Republican failure to protect the health of our rivers, streams, lakes, and coastal waters from pollution and contamination. The report, titled "The Party of Pollution: An Analysis of the Republican Majority's Failure to Protect Clean Water", also highlights years of … Continue Reading


DeFazio Criticizes Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration After Report Finds Lack of Progress on Rulemakings

October 17, 2016

EUGENE, OR-Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) raised concerns with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) after a report released by the Department of Transportation Inspector General (IG) found serious issues with the implementation of critical recommendations regarding pipeline and hazardous materials safety. In February 2015, DeFazio requested the IG investigation and expressed serious concerns … Continue Reading


House Democrats Urge Federal Oversight of New Jersey Transit, Release of Safety Audit

October 14, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, top Democratic leaders from the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx urging that the Department take immediate actions to ensure the safe operation of New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit). The letter also requests that DOT publicly release a recent safety audit of NJ Transit. The letter was signed by Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter … Continue Reading


DEFAZIO PUSHES TO PROTECT COMMUNITIES FROM DANGEROUS OIL TRAIN ACCIDENTS

October 06, 2016

EUGENE, OR-Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter to Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Anthony Foxx, pushing for stronger rules that will better protect and prepare communities and local officials when catastrophic crude oil train accidents occur. DeFazio's letter was sent as DOT and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) finalize new rules to require railroads to … Continue Reading


Ranking Member DeFazio Dear Colleague: Oppose the Graves Amendment (#10)

September 27, 2016

September 28, 2016 Oppose the Graves Amendment (#10) Which Waives Davis-Bacon Worker Protections to H.R. 5303, the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 Dear Colleague: I strongly urge you to vote "no" on the Graves Amendment (#10) to H.R. 5303, the "Water Resources Development Act of 2016", which waives the prevailing wage protections provided by the Davis-Bacon Act for water resources projects carried out by non-Federal interests. This amendment claims to find … Continue Reading


Congressional Transportation Leaders Announce Selection of the Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Grants Award Winners

September 07, 2016

U.S. Reps. Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, today released the following joint statement on the selection of the Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Grants award winners by the Federal Transit Administration: "The FAST Act provided clear direction to the Federal Transit … Continue Reading


STB Reverses Ill-Conceived Proposals That Would Have Led to Significant Amtrak Delays

July 28, 2016

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) applauded the announcement that the Surface Transportation Board (STB) has reconsidered two proposals that would have significantly delayed Amtrak train travel throughout Oregon and the United States. In December 2015, the STB proposed that freight railroads, not passenger rail service, should have priority on shared rail lines across the United States. The STB also … Continue Reading


Oregon Representatives Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Communities, Establish Emergency Response Account for Rail Accidents

July 13, 2016

Washington, D.C. - Today, members of Oregon's Congressional Delegation introduced the bipartisan Community Protection and Preparedness Act (H.R. 5786), legislation that creates a new trust fund to help communities prepare for accidents involving rail cars transporting flammable liquids, including crude oil and ethanol. The legislation was sponsored by Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and co-sponsored by Representatives Greg Walden … Continue Reading


House Passes Bipartisan FAA Extension

July 10, 2016

The House of Representatives today unanimously approved a bipartisan Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) extension that ensures the FAA is funded through September 30, 2017, and that provides a limited number of important safety, security, and time-sensitive improvements for the U.S. aviation system. Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sponsored the measure, H. Res. … Continue Reading


DeFazio Urges the STB to Reject Complaint That Would Benefit Companies Using Unsafe Rail Tank Cars

July 07, 2016

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), sent a letter to the Surface Transportation Board (STB), urging them to reject a complaint that would benefit companies that transport hazardous materials, including crude oil, in outdated, unsafe rail tank cars. On April 25, 2016, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) filed a formal complaint with the STB against BNSF Railway Company (BNSF), alleging … Continue Reading


Rep. Carson's opening statement at hearing on: “Independent Leasing Authorities: Increasing Oversight and Reducing Costs of Space Leased by Federal Agencies”

July 05, 2016

Statement of The Honorable Andrè Carson Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee "Independent Leasing Authorities: Increasing Oversight and Reducing Costs of Space Leased by Federal Agencies" July 6, 2016 Good morning. Welcome to today's hearing about the use of independent leasing authority. On behalf of the Subcommittee, Chairman Barletta and I requested two … Continue Reading


House and Senate Leaders’ Joint Statement on FAA Extension Agreement

July 05, 2016

House and Senate Leaders' Joint Statement on FAA Extension Agreement WASHINGTON - Washington, DC - Leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee today announced they have reached a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) extension through September 30, 2017, that will provide important safety, security, and time-sensitive improvements for the U.S. aviation … Continue Reading


Ranking Member DeFazio' Statement on FAA Rules for Commercial Drones

June 21, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member Peter DeFazio released the following statement on the newly released FAA rules for commercial drones: "As the number of drones in the United States continues to increase at dramatic rates, it is critical that the FAA safely integrate drones into our nation's complex and congested airspace. Today, the FAA announced new rules that are intended to create certainty and predictability for safe authorized operations - to protect all users of the airspace … Continue Reading


Ranking Member DeFazio's Opening Statement on T&I Hearing:" Improving the Safety and Reliability of the Washington Metro"

May 24, 2016

Statement of The Honorable Peter A. DeFazio Subcommittee on Highways and TransitHearing on "Improving the Safety and Reliability of the Washington Metro" May, 24, 2016 Today, we are examining the consequences of a failing public transportation infrastructure system in our nation's capital region. There are multiple reasons for this failure, but the single most important reason is our lack of commitment nationwide to rebuilding our infrastructure. We patch, we fill cracks, we … Continue Reading


Rep. Grace Napolitano's statement on H.R. 876, the Zika Vector Control Act

May 24, 2016

Statement of The Honorable Grace F. Napolitano, Ranking Member Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment On H.R. 897, the Zika Vector Control Act May 24, 2016 Mr. Speaker, I rise, again, in strong opposition to H.R. 897. To be clear, H.R. 897 was not created to respond to the Zika. Up until two weeks ago, this so-called "Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act," was drafted to relax our laws protecting public health to reduce the paperwork burdens on commercial pesticide … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Carson's opening statement at hearing: “Border Station Construction: Minimizing Costs and Leveraging Private Dollars"

May 18, 2016

Statement of the Honorable Andrè Carson Ranking Member , Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee "Border Station Construction: Minimizing Costs and Leveraging Private Dollars" May 18, 2016 Good morning. I'd like to thank Chairman Barletta for holding this important hearing. I'd also like to welcome each of our witnesses. The General Services Administration (GSA) … Continue Reading


DeFazio Blasts Republicans For Using Zika Crisis to Gut Clean Water Act

May 16, 2016

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) blasted House Republican leadership for attempting to pass legislation that exempts commercial pesticide application from Clean Water Act regulation under the guise of protecting public health from the threat of the Zika virus. The legislation, renamed last week the "Zika Vector Control Act" (H.R. 897), does not actually mention Zika in the legislative text and was first introduced in 2009. The fast-tracked legislation required a … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Carson's opening statement at hearing: “Controlling the Rising Cost of Federal Response to Disaster”

May 12, 2016

Statement of The Honorable André Carson, Ranking Member Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure "Controlling the Rising Cost of Federal Response to Disaster" May 12, 2016 Good morning and welcome to today's hearing. While we have several prominent witnesses today, I would especially like to welcome Mr. Kevin Mickey from the great Hoosier State. Mr. Mickey is the Director … Continue Reading