Press Releases

Panel Holds Hearing on Nation’s Rail Infrastructure

February 17, 2011

Washington, D.C. - The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials today held a hearing on rehabilitating and improving our Nation’s rail infrastructure. Below is the opening statement of U.S. Representative Corrine Brown (D-FL), Democratic Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, as prepared for delivery: Statement of the Honorable Corrine Brown, Ranking MemberSubcommittee on Railroads, … Continue Reading


Joint Subcommittee Panels Hold Hearing on Pesticides and the Clean Water Act

February 16, 2011

Washington, D.C. - The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment and the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture today held a joint oversight hearing on pesticides and the Clean Water Act. Below is the opening statement of U.S. Representative Timothy H. Bishop (D-NY), Democratic Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, as prepared for delivery: Statement ofThe Honorable Timothy H. Bishop, Ranking … Continue Reading


Rahall Chides Choking Off Air Service to Rural Communities, Fights to Save American Jobs

February 16, 2011

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today attempted to fend off efforts by Committee Republicans to decrease air passenger safety, cut American jobs, compromise the health and safety of workers and the flying public, and diminish aviation and economic options for rural communities.  The Committee approved by a vote of 34-25 a controversial four-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation … Continue Reading


Aviation Subcommittee Ranking Member Jerry Costello Statement on FAA Reauthorization Bill

February 16, 2011

Washington, D.C.  - The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure today approved by a vote of 34-25 a controversial four-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authored by Republicans and introduced just five days ago. Below is the opening statement of U.S. Representative Jerry F. Costello (D-IL), Democratic Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Aviation, as prepared for delivery: STATEMENT OFTHE HONORABLE JERRY F. COSTELLOFULL COMMITTEE MARKUP OFH.R. 658, … Continue Reading


Highways and Transit Panel Receives Testimony on Speeding up Transportation Delivery Process

February 15, 2011

Washington, D.C. - The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit today held a hearing on “Accelerating the Project Delivery Process:  Eliminating Bureaucratic Red Tape and Making Every Dollar Count.” Below is the opening statement of U.S. Representative Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), Democratic Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, as prepared for delivery: Statement of the Honorable Peter A. DeFazioRanking MemberSubcommittee on Highways and … Continue Reading


Rahall: Administration’s Surface Transportation Plan Keeps Economy on the Road to Recovery

February 14, 2011

Washington, D.C.- House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall (D-WV) today released the following statement after the Obama Administration unveiled its comprehensive plan to invest $556 billion in a six-year surface transportation bill: “I strongly support the President’s plan to invest $556 billion in America’s future to create jobs in the U.S., build a transportation system for the 21st Century, and keep our economy on the road to recovery.  By infusing an … Continue Reading


Transportation Panel Gathers Information in Beckley

February 14, 2011

-Beckley First Stop on Nationwide Transportation Tour- Beckley, W.Va. - The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today held a field hearing in Beckley, W.V., to receive testimony from state and local officials as it drafts a long-term surface transportation bill.  The Committee made its first stop in a national series of hearings in Beckley at the request of U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), the top Democrat on the panel, to hear firsthand about the transportation … Continue Reading


Rahall: Republicans Cashing Out Investments in America’s Future Won’t Retire Debts of the Past

February 14, 2011

--House Republican Spending Bill Proposes Draconian and Dangerous Cuts to Job-Creating Transportation Investments, Threatening Over 300,000 American Jobs-- Washington, D.C.- House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall (D-WV) today slammed the House Republican Leadership’s spending bill for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011, which proposes draconian and dangerous cuts to programs that keep America’s economy moving forward.  The House is expected to begin … Continue Reading


Subcommittee Panels Examine BP National Commission Report

February 11, 2011

Washington, D.C. - The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation and the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment today held a joint oversight hearing to examine the recommendations from the members of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling (Commission) to improve oil spill prevention and response.  The Subcommittees received testimony from the spill’s former National Incident Commander, … Continue Reading


Transportation Panel to Hear from WV Officials in Beckley

February 11, 2011

-Beckley First Stop on Nationwide Series of Transportation Hearings- Beckley, W.Va. - The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will travel to Beckley, WV, on Monday to hold a field hearing to gather information as it drafts a long-term surface transportation bill.  U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall, top Democrat on the panel, and other Members of the Committee will lead off a national series of hearings in Beckley to hear firsthand about the transportation challenges facing … Continue Reading


Rahall to Bring Transportation Committee to West Virginia

February 10, 2011

-Beckley First Stop on Nationwide Series of Transportation Hearings- Beckley, W.Va. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall, Democratic leader of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today announced that, at his urging, the Committee will lead off a multistate tour in Beckley, WV, as it crafts a long-term surface transportation bill. “Through my leadership on the Committee, West Virginia will be sitting in the front seat as Congress writes a job-creating transportation bill to … Continue Reading


Rahall: America Needs Jobs, Not Resolutions

February 10, 2011

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), Democratic Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, today called on Congress to stop wasting time and taxpayer dollars on partisan resolutions and instead return to focusing on creating American jobs.  Speaking on the floor of the House, Rahall said he unwaveringly supports Congress conducting its constitutional oversight functions, but questioned the need to spend two days to pass a resolution … Continue Reading


Rahall to Host Native American Roundtable

February 10, 2011

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, today announced he is inviting tribal leaders to a Native American Transportation, Infrastructure, and Economic Development Roundtable. The Roundtable will be held on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, in Room 2167 Rayburn House Office Building from 4-5 pm.  The purpose of the Roundtable is to hear about native issues within the Committee’s jurisdiction.  An … Continue Reading


Rahall Fights to Defend Air Service to Rural Communities

February 09, 2011

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), Democratic leader of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today fought to defend critical Federal funding that helps link rural communities to our Nation’s aviation system.  Speaking at a Subcommittee on Aviation hearing on the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Rahall called on Congress to keep the commitment made in 1978 with the creation of the Essential Air Service (EAS) program to … Continue Reading


Aviation Subcommittee Holds Hearing on FAA Reauthorization

February 08, 2011

Washington, D.C. - The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation today received testimony from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator J. Randolph Babbitt on the reauthorization of the FAA. Below is the opening statement of U.S. Representative Jerry F. Costello (D-IL), Democratic Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Aviation, as prepared for delivery:  STATEMENT OFTHE HONORABLE JERRY F. COSTELLOSUBCOMMITTEE ON AVIATION HEARING ON“FEDERAL AVIATION … Continue Reading


Rahall: Out-build Other Nations, Not Rebuild Them

January 25, 2011

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), Democratic leader of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today released the following statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address: “America can continue to lead the worldwide economy and win the future, but we must at least invest as much in ourselves as our competitor nations are investing in their own futures.  Certainly we need to tighten our budgetary belt, but it is folly to suggest, as some … Continue Reading


Rahall Announces Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Democrats, Subcommittee Ranking Member

January 20, 2011

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), Democratic Leader of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today released the roster of Democratic Members and announced the Democratic Caucus of the Committee has selected Subcommittee Ranking Members for each of its six panels. “We have assembled an incredible group of Democratic Members who will bring to the table extensive expertise and a solid commitment to addressing our Nation’s crumbling infrastructure,” said … Continue Reading


BP National Commission Endorses CLEAR Act Safety Principles

January 11, 2011

Washington, D.C. - The independent commission investigating the BP oil rig explosion today released its final recommendations, which are consistent with nearly all of the safety provisions included in landmark energy legislation authored by U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-WV) and passed by the House of Representatives last summer. “In its final report, the Commission makes abundantly clear that this tragic explosion in the Gulf of Mexico is indeed a game changer in the way we manage America’s oil … Continue Reading


Top Transportation Democrat Rahall Condemns Republican Attempt to Hold Highway Trust Fund Hostage

January 05, 2011

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today attempted to fend off changes to House rules that threaten to undermine long-standing Federal transportation programs. “As their very first act in the Majority, I find it incredible that Republicans would want to pursue a job-killing proposal like this.  One that not only threatens jobs but that could also lead to dramatic reductions in spending for very … Continue Reading


Rahall Selected to Serve as Top Democrat on House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

December 15, 2010

Washington, D.C. - House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick J. Rahall (D-WV) today was selected by the House Democratic Caucus to serve as the Ranking Member on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for the 112th Congress, beginning in January.  Rahall, currently Vice Chairman, has been a Member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for 34 years - his entire tenure in Congress. “I am incredibly proud and humbled by the trust of my colleagues who nominated … Continue Reading