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Chairs DeFazio, Payne, Jr. Announce Hearing on Freight Rail Safety

June 10, 2022

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) announced the subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "Examining Freight Rail Safety." The purpose of this hearing is for members to learn about the current state of freight rail safety, in addition to hearing testimony on how to keep rail workers and our rail system safe. More … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Applaud House Passage of Bipartisan Water Resources Development Act of 2022

June 08, 2022

With the passage of WRDA 2022, Congress continues the tradition of enacting bipartisan WRDAs on a biennial basis to invest in America's water resources infrastructure Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) applaud House passage of the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022. WRDA 2022 will improve the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Norton Statements from Hearing on Highway Safety

June 08, 2022

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) during today's hearing titled, "Addressing the Roadway Safety Crisis: Building Safer Roads for All." Video of DeFazio and Norton's opening statements are here and here. More information on the hearing can be found here. Chair DeFazio: Thank … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Norton Announce Hearing on Highway Safety

June 03, 2022

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced the subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "Addressing the Roadway Safety Crisis: Building Safer Roads for All." The hearing will examine the current state of America's highways and explore programs from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that will improve safety. More information about the … Continue Reading


Reps. DeFazio, Napolitano, and Huffman Applaud EPA Action to Permanently Protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine Project

May 25, 2022

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA), and Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) released the following statements after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a revised Proposed Determination to block the Pebble Mine Project in Bristol Bay, Alaska-an important step to permanently protecting the region from harmful development. Chair … Continue Reading


WRDA 2022 Passes Out of Committee on a Bipartisan Vote, Heads to House Floor

May 18, 2022

Washington, D.C. - Today, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure voted to advance the Water Resources Development Act of 2022 (WRDA) out of committee, and it now heads to the House floor for a vote. This legislation provides authority for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to carry out water resources development projects and studies. Passing WRDA is key to preserving our nation's economy, strengthening U.S. and international commerce, protecting our communities and … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Napolitano’s Opening Statements From Markup of the Water Resources Development Act

May 18, 2022

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) during today's committee markup of the Water Resources Development Act of 2022.Videos of opening statements from DeFazio and Napolitano can be found here and here.More information on the hearing can be found here.Chair DeFazio:Earlier … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Norton Statement on 16-Year High Traffic Fatalities

May 17, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) issued the following statement in response after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released an early estimate of traffic fatalities for 2021. At an estimated 42,915 deaths, the number represents a 16-year high and a 10.5% increase in fatalities from 2020. "The staggering … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Statements from Hearing on Mitigating Climate Change at U.S. Airports

May 17, 2022

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) during today's hearing titled, "Preparing for Take-Off: Examining Efforts to Address Climate Change at U.S. Airports." Videos of DeFazio and Larsen's opening statements are here and here. More information on the hearing can be found here.Chair DeFazio:Thank you, … Continue Reading


House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to Hold Markup

May 17, 2022

Washington, DC - The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a markup on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. EDT to consider the following measure: ANS to H.R. 7776, Water Resources Development Act of 2022 and Other matters cleared for consideration Members will appear by videoconference or in person in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Additional details can be found here once available. The markup will be livestreamed through the House Transportation and … Continue Reading


Committee Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Water Resources Development Act of 2022

May 17, 2022

Bill Text | Section by Section Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA), and Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Ranking Member David Rouzer (R-NC) released the following statements after yesterday's introduction of the Water Resources … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Larsen Announce Hearing on Efforts to Mitigate Climate Change at U.S. Airports

May 13, 2022

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) announced the subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "Preparing for Take-Off: Examining Efforts to Address Climate Change at U.S. Airports." During this hearing, members will hear testimony on what U.S. airports and airport stakeholders are doing to meet the challenge of the climate crisis. More information about the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Payne, Jr. Statements from Hearing on The Surface Transportation Board’s Role in Resolving Freight Rail Conflicts

May 12, 2022

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) during today's hearing titled, "Board Member Views on Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization."Video of DeFazio and Payne, Jr.'s opening statements can be found here and here. More information on the hearing can be … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Payne, Jr. Announce Hearing to Discuss the Surface Transportation Board’s Role in Resolving Freight Rail Conflicts

May 06, 2022

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) announced the subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "Board Member Views on Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization." During the hearing, members of the Surface Transportation Board will discuss how to improve the Board's efficiency and authority in resolving freight … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement on the Reported Move of Boeing

May 05, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement regarding news that Boeing will be moving their headquarters from Chicago, IL to Arlington, VA. "The Boeing Company is at its best when it focuses on engineering world-class airplanes with the highest standards of safety. Moving their headquarters to Chicago and away from their roots in the Pacific Northwest was a tragic mistake that took them further from that … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Honors the Legacy of Former DOT Secretary Norman Y. Mineta

May 04, 2022

OREGON-Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement on the passing of Norman Y. Mineta: "Norm was the Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation and one of my mentors when I first came to Congress, and I benefited tremendously from his leadership and guidance. His example inspired me to vigorously oversee the aviation industry and FAA, and insist on safety for the traveling public before all else. Norm served on … Continue Reading


Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Leaders Release Statement On Passage of FEMA-Related Bills

April 28, 2022

Washington, DC- The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has advanced several important Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) bills during today's markup. "Helping communities prepare for and recover from disasters is an incredibly important part of the work we do on this committee, and the bills we advanced today will make concrete improvements in this critical area," Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) said. "We've continually heard stories of unprecedented disaster impact and … Continue Reading


Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Leaders Release Statement On Passage of Aviation Bills

April 28, 2022

Washington, DC- The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure advanced three important aviation bills at today's markup, H.R. 3482, the National Center for the Advancement of Aviation Act of 2021, H.R. 5315, the Drone Infrastructure Inspection Grant Act and H.R. 6270, the Advanced Aviation Infrastructure Modernization (AAIM) Act. "I am pleased to see this bipartisan aviation legislation advance through committee today," Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) said. "It has been clear for some … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Norton Statements from Hearing on Workforce Development in Surface Transportation Construction

April 27, 2022

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) during today's hearing titled, "Examining Workforce Development and Job Creation in Surface Transportation Construction." Video of DeFazio and Norton's opening statements are here and here. More information on the hearing can be found … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Carbajal Statements from Hearing on the Proposed FY23 Budget for the Coast Guard and Maritime Transport Programs

April 27, 2022

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Salud Carbajal (D-CA) during today's hearing titled, "Review of Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request for the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Programs." Videos of DeFazio and Carbajal's opening statements are here and here. More information on the … Continue Reading