Press Releases

DeFazio Urges Administration to Curb Anti-Competitive Practices By Gulf Carriers

March 08, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), sent letters to Secretaries Anthony Foxx and John Kerry, urging them to protect U.S. jobs and immediately act to restore a fair, competitive balance between U.S. air carriers and Gulf state subsidized airlines. The letters were sent after a recent report uncovered anti-competitive practices of the three largest airlines of the Gulf states of Qatar and the United Arab … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Garamendi to GOP Leadership: Don’t Hold Coast Guard Funding Hostage to Push Political Agenda

February 24, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, blasted House Republican leadership for holding critical Coast Guard funding hostage to score political points. Funding for the Coast Guard will run out on Saturday, putting 41,000 active-duty military personnel in harm's way without pay unless Speaker … Continue Reading


DeFazio Requests Audit of Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Programs

February 02, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Inspector General Calvin L. Scovel, III requesting a full audit of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's (PHMSA) pipeline and hazardous materials safety programs. The request comes on the same day that DeFazio highlighted PHMSA's failure to address longstanding pipeline and hazardous materials safety … Continue Reading


DeFazio Announces Democratic Subcommittee Ranking Members for Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

January 21, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced the Democratic Subcommittee Ranking Members of the Committee for the 114th Congress. Full subcommittee rosters will be announced next week. The entire list of Democratic Ranking Members is below. Subcommittee on AviationRep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime TransportationRep. John Garamendi (D-CA) Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public … Continue Reading


DeFazio Blasts U.S. DOT for Failing to Address Rail Tank Car Safety

January 21, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx, urging him to take immediate action to address rail tank car safety and other significant pipeline and hazardous materials safety hazards. "Despite numerous incidents involving the transportation of crude oil and other flammable materials by rail, subsequent NTSB safety recommendations, and an … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Larsen, Garamendi Applaud Administration’s Efforts to Coordinate Federal Action in the Arctic

January 21, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member of the Aviation Subcommittee Rick Larsen (D-WA), and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation John Garamendi (D-CA), applauded efforts by the Obama Administration to coordinate a government wide approach to addressing U.S. interests in the Arctic. The Representatives offered the following statements in support: "I want to … Continue Reading


DeFazio Announces Democratic Roster for Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

January 14, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced the 25 Democratic Members of the Committee for the 114th Congress. Twenty-three of the Members served on the Committee in the previous Congress. The Democrats welcome two Members new to the Committee, Representatives Jared Huffman and Julia Brownley, who both represent districts in California. Subcommittee Ranking Members will be elected next week. The entire list of … Continue Reading


Ranking Member DeFazio's Statement on H.R. 3, The Keystone XL Pipeline Act

January 11, 2015

Statement of The Honorable Peter DeFazio H.R. 3, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act January 9, 2015 Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to the bill.Here we go again. For the tenth time in the last four years, we will vote on short-circuiting the review process for the Keystone XL pipeline, a pipeline that is owned and operated by a foreign entity, which will ship tar sands across the Canadian border more than 1,900 miles through the United States. Not only is the Republican Leadership … Continue Reading


DeFazio Fights Administration's Decision to Open Border to Mexican Trucks Starting Monday

January 11, 2015

Washington, D.C. -Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) pushed back on a decision by the Department of Transportation (DOT) to open the United States border to Mexican-domiciled trucking companies. "Today, the Obama Administration notified me that as of Monday, the U.S. border will be open for Mexican-domiciled trucking companies to apply for long-haul operating authority. I am deeply disappointed," DeFazio said. … Continue Reading


DeFazio Blasts Republican Passage of Controversial Keystone XL Bill

January 08, 2015

Washington, D.C.--Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) blasted the House Republican Leadership for passing legislation that bypasses federal agencies to allow construction on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. DeFazio helped lead Democratic opposition to the controversial legislation, which has been considered by the House ten times. "Under this legislation, TransCanada gets the profits; they pay nothing into the spill … Continue Reading


Top Democrats Demand Boehner Follow Rules of the House for Controversial Keystone Vote

January 05, 2015

Washington, DC- Three leading House Democratic lawmakers called on Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) to use regular order for consideration of controversial legislation to approve construction of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline. In a letter sent yesterday, Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Frank Pallone (D-NJ), and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), ranking members-elect on the House Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Energy and Commerce, and Natural Resources, respectively, … Continue Reading


IG Critical of Bridge Safety Implementation

August 26, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall, the top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, took issue with the Obama Administration for continuing its slow implementation of critical bridge safety reforms. A new U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) Inspector General (IG) report released today in response to a request Rahall made in 2013 highlights serious concerns with the implementation of bridge safety changes contained in the "Moving Ahead for … Continue Reading


Rahall Votes to Advance Highway Trust Fund Fix

July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC - As the top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-WV) worked with his colleagues today to complete House action on a bill that will keep workers on the job building America’s transportation network. “Two weeks ago, I stood in this exact spot and urged passage of a Highway Trust Fund patch as soon as possible to keep our surface transportation programs up and running,” said Rahall on the House floor today. “With a single … Continue Reading


House Passes Fix to Highway Trust Fund

July 15, 2014

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), the top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers in voting to pass a bill in the House that will help keep American workers on the job building the nation’s transportation network.   “This is about far more than accounting, dollar signs, and trust funds.  It’s about the men and women who work in these industries and have to face needless uncertainty about their futures.  … Continue Reading


WRRDA Signed Into Law

June 10, 2014

Washington, DC - Today the President signed into law the Conference Report to the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA), bipartisan water resources 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. WRRDA is legislation that was introduced in the House of … Continue Reading


Rahall Praises Passage of Water Bill

May 20, 2014

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-WV) announced that the House has passed the Conference Report for H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), which authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to improve the nation’s water infrastructure, such as dams, locks, navigation channels and inland waterways. The bill was introduced by Rahall, who is the top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that negotiated the final measure, … Continue Reading


Rahall Statement on House Consideration of WRRDA Conference Report

May 19, 2014

House Floor Remarks of U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall, II Conference Report on H.R. 3080 Water Resources Reform and Development Act Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of the conference report. This legislation is a reminder, and unfortunately a stark reminder, that when given a chance working together in a bipartisan fashion can produce solid results for the American people. I salute the chairman of our Transportation & … Continue Reading


Committee Releases Water Resources Reform and Development Act Conference Report

May 15, 2014

Washington, DC - The Conference Report to H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), was filed in the House of Representatives today.  WRRDA was introduced in the House by Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), Committee Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV), Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Bob Gibbs (R-OH), and Subcommittee Ranking Member Tim Bishop (D-NY).   H.R. 3080 passed the House by a vote of 417 to 3 on October 23, 2013.  House and … Continue Reading


Rep. Rahall Statement on the Passing of Former T&I Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar

May 02, 2014

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), the Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, issued the following statement today on the passing of Jim Oberstar, former Minnesota Congressman and Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee: “If ever there were a patron saint of transportation policy on Earth, it would have had to have been to be my longtime and dear friend, Jim Oberstar.   “While his vast reservoir of knowledge and … Continue Reading


Rep. Rahall Reacts to DOT’s Surface Transportation Bill

April 29, 2014

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), the Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, issued the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Transportation put forward a multi-year proposal to fund the nation’s surface transportation programs: “There are some in this Congress that are happy with the status quo when it comes to investing in our nation’s infrastructure.  I am not one of them. “I appreciate that Secretary Foxx has laid down a … Continue Reading