Press Releases

Rahall Addresses 11th Annual West Virginia Aviation Conference

August 15, 2013

Remarks of U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall, II Ranking Member Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure 11th Annual West Virginia Aviation Conference August 11, 2013 Thank you for your kind introduction. I am thrilled to be here to help kick off the 11th Annual West Virginia Aviation Conference. It is a pleasure to be surrounded by so many aviation aficionados and industry experts devoted to ensuring a safe and reliable aviation system here in West Virginia. It is because of … Continue Reading


Remarks of Ranking Member Rahall; CSX Suppliers Conference

August 15, 2013

Remarks of U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall Ranking Member, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure CSX Suppliers Conference August 16, 2013 It is great to be here today and I thank you for that kind introduction. Often when I get to speak with groups like yours, we meet in Washington, at Congressional meeting rooms and nondescript convention halls. It is much nicer to be here at this historic and timeless venue - The Greenbrier - just a short drive up the road from my home … Continue Reading


At Rahall’s Request, DOT IG to Review Safety of Nation’s Bridges

August 05, 2013

Washington, DC - The Department of Transportation’s Inspector General (DOT IG) announced this afternoon that his office will conduct a comprehensive audit of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) management and oversight of measures designed to ensure the safety of the nation’s bridges.  The audit was requested by U.S. Rep Nick J. Rahall, top Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, earlier this year following the collapse of the I-5 Bridge in Washington State.  “I am … Continue Reading


On 80th Anniversary of Public Works Administration, Rendell and Rahall to Call for Increased Infrastructure Investment

July 10, 2013

On 80th Anniversary of Public Works Administration, Rendell and Rahall to Call for Increased Infrastructure Investment Washington, DC - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall, top Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell will join together tomorrow to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Public Works Administration and highlight the need for greater investment in job-creating American infrastructure.  Rahall recently introduced the … Continue Reading


Rahall’s SAFE Bridges Act Attracts Broad Support

June 20, 2013

Rahall’s SAFE Bridges Act Attracts Broad Support Washington, DC - A broad coalition of labor, industry, and business groups have endorsed the Strengthen and Fortify Existing Bridges (SAFE Bridges) Act,” legislation introduced yesterday by Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall and Democrats on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.  The bill would provide $5.5 billion to start to reduce the backlog of the more than 150,000 structural deficient and functionally obsolete bridges across the … Continue Reading


Rahall, Transportation Leaders Introduce Legislation to Repair Nation’s Aging Bridges

June 19, 2013

SAFE Bridges Act Provides $5.5 billion for Bridge Replacement & Rehabilitation Washington, DC - Driven by the recent collapse of the I-5 Bridge in Washington State, U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV) and Congressional Transportation leaders today introduced legislation that significantly increases Federal investment in the Nation’s bridge infrastructure.  The Strengthen and Fortify Existing Bridges (SAFE Bridges) Act, provides $5.5 billion to start to reduce the backlog of the more than … Continue Reading


To Ensure Safety of Nation’s Bridges, Rahall Calls for Expedited Inspection Requirements

June 12, 2013

To Ensure Safety of Nation’s Bridges, Rahall Calls for Expedited Inspection Requirements Washington, DC - Following the recent collapse of the I-5 Bridge in Washington State, U.S. Rep Nick J. Rahall, top Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, is calling for the accelerated implementation of new inspection standards and reporting requirements to ensure the safety of the nation’s bridges.   In a letter today, Rahall asked Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to swiftly … Continue Reading


House Republicans Push Bill Waiving U.S. Permit for Foreign Pipeline Company

May 22, 2013

HOUSE REPUBLICANS PUSH BILL WAIVING U.S. PERMIT FOR FOREIGN PIPELINE COMPANY What’s next, deeming driver’s licenses issued?   WASHINGTON, D.C. - In what U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) termed as a “mockery” of the importance of building the Keystone XL Pipeline in the U.S., the House today debated Republican backed legislation that says the project does not even require a permit, deeming the proposal approved. Rahall, a proponent of building the Keystone XL Pipeline who supported pro-pipeline … Continue Reading


Rahall on Keystone Pipeline: "If there is no permit, it ain't legit"

May 15, 2013

Mr. Chairman, as you know, this committee has primary jurisdiction over H.R. 3 and two secondary committees of jurisdiction have already considered the bill. So I begin by thanking you for holding this markup session. Whether one agrees with the bill or not, you are preserving our committee’s jurisdiction rather than waiving it which occurred last Congress. I support the Keystone Pipeline project. I believe it will be an important element in our domestic energy infrastructure. Last … Continue Reading


Rahall Statement on FAA Contract Towers Decision

May 09, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, issued the following statement Friday following the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) decision to continue funding contract air traffic control towers at the nation’s airports through September 30, 2013: "The FAA's decision to continue contract tower operations is on the glide path Congress intended when we gave the agency the flexibility to keep our skies safer with … Continue Reading


Bishop, Transportation Leaders Introduce Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2013

May 08, 2013

  Transportation Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Create Jobs, Protect Water Quality Washington, D.C. - Democratic and Republican leaders on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today joined together in introducing bipartisan legislation that would create American jobs by investing $13.8 billion over five years through the State Revolving Fund (SRF) and other efforts to improve water quality. “Investments in rebuilding our nation’s water and wastewater … Continue Reading


Rahall Statement on the Nomination of Mayor Anthony Foxx as Secretary of Transportation

April 29, 2013

Washington, DC - U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall II, top Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, released the following statement on the  nomination of Mayor Anthony Foxx as Secretary of Transportation. “Mayor Foxx’s first-hand experience in promoting transportation as a means to create jobs, accommodate growth, and expand economic development will no doubt serve him well as he prepares to address the many infrastructure challenges now facing the country.  I look forward to … Continue Reading


Rahall: Unprecedented Authority Given to EPA in Spruce Mine Decision

April 23, 2013

Rahall: Unprecedented Authority Given to EPA in Spruce Mine Decision Washington, DC - U.S. Rep Nick J. Rahall, top Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, released the following statement on today’s U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia’s ruling, which found that the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority to retroactively veto Clean Water Act permits previously issued by the Army Corps of Engineers, as EPA did with the Spruce Mine permit in Logan County, … Continue Reading


Shuster, Rahall Announce Special Panel Tasked with Developing Freight Transportation Improvements

April 16, 2013

Washington, DC - Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV) today announced the members of a special panel tasked with examining the current state of freight transportation in the United States and how improving freight transportation can strengthen the U.S. economy. The full committee’s Vice Chairman, Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN), will chair the “Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation.”  Rep. Jerrold Nadler … Continue Reading


Ryan Budget Would End Highway and Transit Investment in FY 2015

March 19, 2013

Ryan Budget Would End Highway and Transit Investment in FY 2015 Washington, DC - According to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis, Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget proposal would effectively end Federal highway and transit investments in fiscal year 2015.   Using the understanding of the Ryan Budget supplied by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Democrats, CBO found that highway infrastructure investments would be reduced from $40.3 billion in FY 2014 to $100 … Continue Reading


Report: U.S. Infrastructure Earns a D+ Report

March 19, 2013

Report: U.S. Infrastructure Earns a D+ Rahall Renews Calls for Responsible Investment in Infrastructure Washington, D.C. - The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) today gave U.S. infrastructure a letter grade of “D+”, after reviewing sixteen different categories of American infrastructure over the last four years.  U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, renewed calls for Congress to make the investments necessary … Continue Reading


Rahall Calls for Retention of Strong Federal Role in Job-Creating Infrastructure Investments

March 08, 2013

Rahall Calls for Retention of Strong Federal Role in Job-Creating Infrastructure Investments Washington, DC - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall, top Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today urged his colleagues to retain a strong Federal role for development of critical, job-creating infrastructure.  At a hearing before Rahall’s Committee to examine the Federal role in infrastructure, business and labor leaders offered testimony on the economic and job creation … Continue Reading


Rahall Introduces Legislation to Ensure American Infrastructure Supports American Jobs

March 05, 2013

Rahall Introduces Legislation to Ensure American Infrastructure Supports American JobsBill Would Require American Materials Used in All Federally Funded Infrastructure Projects Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall, top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today was joined by Committee Members in introducing legislation to ensure that all Federal transportation and infrastructure investments support American jobs and domestic manufacturing.  Under … Continue Reading


Rahall, Transportation Leaders to Introduce Legislation to Ensure American Infrastructure Supports American Jobs

March 04, 2013

Media Advisory: Rahall, Transportation Leaders to Introduce Legislation to Ensure American Infrastructure Supports American Jobs Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will be joined by Committee Members tomorrow in introducing legislation which strengthens ‘Buy America’ laws to ensure Federal Transportation and Infrastructure investments support American jobs.  Who:              Rep. Nick J. Rahall … Continue Reading


Rahall Calls for Retention of Strong Federal Role in Job-Creating Infrastructure Investments

February 13, 2013

Washington, DC - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall, top Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today urged his colleagues to retain a strong Federal role for development of critical, job-creating infrastructure.  At a hearing before Rahall’s Committee to examine the Federal role in infrastructure, business and labor leaders offered testimony on the economic and job creation benefits that investment in modern infrastructure yields.  “For generations, investments in … Continue Reading