Press Releases

Rahall Statement on Transparent Airfares Act of 2014

April 08, 2014

STATEMENT OF THE HONORABLE NICK J. RAHALL, II FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP H.R. 4156, THE TRANSPARENT AIRFARES ACT OF 2014 APRIL 9, 2014 Thank you, Chairman Shuster. This bill does a very important thing—it stops the government from playing a shell game with the taxes and fees it imposes on the flying public. Simply put, it restores truth in advertising when it comes to the cost of a flight, finally putting consumers back in the driver’s seat. Hiding the real cost of flying from … Continue Reading


RAHALL: Ryan Budget Takes Partisan Jackhammer to Our Transportation Infrastructure

April 02, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the House Budget Committee marks up the Fiscal Year 2015 budget resolution today, U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-WV) slammed the proposal, saying it “would cripple the U.S. transportation system and leave millions of individuals and businesses stranded with little to no transportation options.” “This proposal takes a partisan jackhammer to our transportation infrastructure at a time when we need to be working together to find ways to rebuild it,” said Rahall, the senior … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Carson's Statement on Disaster Mitigation

April 02, 2014

OPENING STATEMENT THE HONORABLE ANDRÉ CARSON, RANKING MEMBER SUBCOMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, PUBLIC BUILDINGS, AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OVERSIGHT HEARING ON DISASTER MITIGATION: REDUCING COSTS AND SAVING LIVES April 3, 2014 Good morning and welcome to our witnesses. Chairman Barletta, thank you for working with me to schedule today’s hearing on how Disaster Mitigation can save lives and reduce costs. Before we begin, I want to extend my thoughts and condolences to those … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Rahall’s Statement at Surface Transportation Reauthorization Roundtable

February 25, 2014

STATEMENT OF THE HONORABLE NICK J. RAHALL SUBCOMMITTEE ON HIGHWAYS AND TRANSIT ROUNDTABLE ON “SURFACE TRANSPORTATION REAUTHORIZATION: STAKEHOLDER PERSPECTIVES” FEBRUARY 26, 2014 Thank you, Chairman Shuster and Chairman Petri, for holding this roundtable. Today we bring together business, labor, government, and transportation industry stakeholders - all in agreement about two things. We have an urgent transportation crisis on our hands, and Congress needs to work together to … Continue Reading


RAHALL: "In the close confines of the airplane, members of the flying public may as well be unwilling agents of the National Security Agency, forced to eavesdrop on the cell calls of other passengers, regardless of how annoying that may be to them."

February 10, 2014

REMARKS OF U.S. REP. NICK J. RAHALL, II Ranking Member Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Mark Up of H.R. 3676 February 11, 2014 Last December when the Federal Communications Commission voted to consider lifting the ban on the use of cell phones to make voice calls in flight, a chill went through the flying public and flight attendants nationwide. The prospect of sitting among dozens of people all talking on their cell phones in a confined space raises serious safety, … Continue Reading


RAHALL: "People have a basic right to know whether or not their water supplies are safe"

February 09, 2014

The Honorable Nick J. Rahall, II Ranking Member Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Field Hearing on "The Charleston West Virginia Chemical Spill" February 10, 2014 Thank you, Chairman Shuster, for your kind accommodation of my request to come to West Virginia to examine the recent spill of chemicals into the Elk River. We could have held this hearing in Washington, as other Committees have or are planning to do, but I felt, as … Continue Reading


Shuster, Rahall introduce The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014 (H.R. 4005)

February 06, 2014

  Shuster, Rahall introduce The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014 (H.R. 4005) Washington, DC - Committee leaders today introduced bipartisan legislation that authorizes the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to carry out its vital missions, improves USCG mission effectiveness, helps replace and modernize aging Coast Guard assets in a cost effective manner, enhances oversight, and reduces inefficiencies to save taxpayer dollars.  Additionally, the bill strengthens U.S. maritime … Continue Reading


Shuster, Rahall Announce Public-Private Partnerships Special Panel

February 04, 2014

Shuster, Rahall Announce Public-Private Partnerships Special Panel Washington, DC - Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV) today announced the establishment of the Committee’s next special panel, which will focus on the use of and opportunities for public-private partnerships (P3s) across all modes of transportation, economic development, public buildings, water, and maritime infrastructure and equipment. … Continue Reading


Rahall Urges Continued Funding of Railway-Highway Crossings Program at Safety Hearing

February 03, 2014

The Honorable Nick J. Rahall Subcommittee on Highways and Transit “Improving the Effectiveness of the Federal Surface Transportation Safety Grant Programs” January 28, 2013 Mr. Chairman, thank you for holding this important hearing. Ensuring the safety of the users of the transportation network is a core function of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Further preventing the tragic loss of life and injuries that occur every day on our roads will be a top … Continue Reading


Rahall: "Our highways will not keep humming along on hope alone"

February 03, 2014

The Honorable Nick J. Rahall Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure “Building the Foundation for Surface Transportation Reauthorization” January 14, 2013 Mr. Chairman, thank you for holding this important hearing. Today, we launch the Committee’s work on a surface transportation reauthorization bill. We have before us a tremendous opportunity as well as a great responsibility: to prudently use the power and the purse of the Federal Government to improve the conditions … Continue Reading


Remarks of Ranking Member Rahall; Water Resources Reform and Development Act Conference

February 03, 2014

The Honorable Nick J. Rahall, II Ranking Member Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Conference Committee on H.R. 3080, the “Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013” and the Senate Amendment November 20, 2013 Madam Chairman, let me begin by congratulating you on being elected as Chairman of the Conference and welcoming all of the Members of the Conference. As we discussed yesterday with Chairman Shuster and Ranking Member Vitter, we all come here … Continue Reading


Rahall: House Transportation Committee to Examine Elk River Chemical Spill at Charleston Field Hearing

January 29, 2014

Rahall: House Transportation Committee to Examine Elk River Chemical Spill at Charleston Field Hearing             Washington, DC - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall, D-WV, announced Wednesday that the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, on which he serves as lead Democrat, will hold a Congressional field hearing in Charleston, West Virginia, on February 10th to examine the Elk River Chemical spill.  The hearing is slated to take place at 9:00 a.m., at the Kanawha County … Continue Reading


Rahall, Committee Members Kickoff WRRDA Conference

November 19, 2013

The Honorable Nick J. Rahall, II Ranking Member Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Conference Committee on H.R. 3080, the “Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013”and the Senate Amendment November 20, 2013 Madam Chairman, let me begin by congratulating you on being elected as Chairman of the Conference and welcoming all of the Members of the Conference. As we discussed yesterday with Chairman Shuster and Ranking Member Vitter, we all come here with a … Continue Reading


WRRDA Moves Forward with House Conferee Appointments

November 14, 2013

Washington - Today, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV) issued the following statements after House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) named the members selected to serve on the House-Senate conference committee tasked with resolving the differences between the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (H.R. 3080) and the Senate’s version of the water resources … Continue Reading


Special T&I Panel Releases Report on Improving U.S. Freight Transportation

October 29, 2013

Washington, DC - The Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation, led by the panel’s Chairman, U.S. Rep John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN) and Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), released its final report today on the current state of freight transportation in the United States and its recommendations for freight transportation improvements to strengthen the U.S. economy. The special panel of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee was established by Full Committee Chairman Bill Shuster … Continue Reading


Rahall Urges Passage of Bipartisan, Pro-Jobs Water Resources Bill

October 22, 2013

Rahall Urges Passage of Bipartisan, Pro-Jobs Water Resources Bill Floor Statement The Honorable Nick Rahall II, Ranking Member H.R. 3080: The Water Resources Reform Development Act of 2013 October 23, 2013 I am pleased to rise today to support H.R. 3080: “the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013.” This legislation provides important direction to the Army Corps of Engineers to meet its mission objectives and reform their planning and construction processes while … Continue Reading


Transportation Leaders Introduce FEMA Reauthorization Act of 2013

October 21, 2013

Washington, DC - Today, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA); Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV); Emergency Management Subcommittee Chairman Lou Barletta (R-PA); and Emergency Management Subcommittee Ranking Member Andre Carson (D-IN) introduced the first ever reauthorization of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to improve our Nation’s emergency management capabilities, modernize and strengthen critical components of our preparedness … Continue Reading


Rahall: Shutdown is Compromising Transportation Safety

October 11, 2013

Calls on Speaker Boehner to End Standoff Washington, DC - In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall, top Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, warned of the detrimental impact that the ongoing government shutdown is having on the safety of the Nation’s transportation network.  Many routine inspections designed to ensure the safety of the traveling public have been suspended over the last twelve days.  Furloughed transportation safety inspectors … Continue Reading


Committee Passes Water Resources Reform and Development Act

October 04, 2013

Washington, DC - The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure today unanimously approved bipartisan water resources reform 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. H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (WRRDA), was introduced in the House … Continue Reading


Transportation Committee Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA)

September 11, 2013

Washington, DC - Committee leaders today introduced unprecedented bipartisan water resources reform legislation that cuts federal red tape and bureaucracy, streamlines the infrastructure project delivery process, promotes fiscal responsibility, and strengthens our water transportation networks to promote America’s competitiveness, prosperity, and economic growth. H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (WRRDA), was introduced in the House by Transportation and … Continue Reading