Press Releases

DeFazio Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Safety of Air Transportation of Lithium Batteries

December 14, 2017

DeFazio Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Safety of Air Transportation of Lithium Batteries Washington, D.C.—Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced H.R. 4643, the Safe Air Transport of Hazardous Materials Act of 2017, legislation that provides the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with authority to regulate hazardous materials transported onboard aircraft and eliminates barriers to the United States … Continue Reading


Committee Approves Disaster Recovery Reform and Human Trafficking Legislation at Markup

November 30, 2017

This morning, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved sweeping FEMA reform legislation, as well as two bills to address human trafficking on the Nation's highways. "This morning's markup demonstrated what our Committee can accomplish through bipartisan consensus," said Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA). "We approved significant FEMA reform legislation that shifts our focus to predisaster mitigation in the wake of a historic hurricane … Continue Reading


DeFazio Demands PHMSA Implement Long-Delayed Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Mandates

November 09, 2017

DeFazio Demands PHMSA Implement Long-Delayed Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Mandates Washington, D.C.—Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter to Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine Chao highlighting PHMSA’s repeated failure to take action on outstanding safety-critical rulemakings. “We cannot afford to wait until another catastrophic accident occurs and lives are lost for PHMSA to take … Continue Reading


DeFazio Urges OMB Finalize Life-Saving, Connected Vehicle-to-Vehicle Rulemaking

November 07, 2017

DeFazio Urges OMB Finalize Life-Saving, Connected Vehicle-to-Vehicle Rulemaking Washington, D.C. -- Today, the Ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter to Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Mick Mulvaney urging him to act on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to bring connected vehicle technology, known as Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) to all vehicles. To date, the Trump Administration has … Continue Reading


DeFazio Urges DOT to Use $911 Million of Unused Highway Emergency Relief Funds

October 30, 2017

DeFazio Urges DOT to Use $911 Million of Unused Highway Emergency Relief Funds Will Reduce Backlog of $1.76 Billion in Pending Emergency Relief Requests Washington, D.C. -- Today, the Ranking Democrat of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao urging immediate action to address the backlog under the Federal-aid Highway Emergency Relief (ER) program. Currently, the U.S. Department of … Continue Reading


CRS: ATC PRIVATIZATION TRIGGERS BUDGET SEQUESTRATION

October 29, 2017

CRS: ATC PRIVATIZATION TRIGGERS BUDGET SEQUESTRATION AIRR Act causes across-the-board cuts to Medicare, Military Retirement Fund payments, FEMA Flood Insurance, and more Washington, D.C.—Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) publicly released a written memorandum from the non-partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) that states a controversial … Continue Reading


Top Democrats Demand IG Investigation into Whitefish Energy No-Bid Contract in Puerto Rico

October 27, 2017

Top Democrats Demand IG Investigation into Whitefish Energy No-Bid Contract in Puerto Rico Washington, D.C.—Today Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Natural Resources Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Inspector General (IG) John Roth requesting a comprehensive audit and investigation of a $300 million no-bid contract between the Puerto Rico … Continue Reading


DeFazio to Chao: It’s Time DOT Increases Transparency in Air Travel Fees

October 25, 2017

DeFazio to Chao: It’s Time DOT Increases Transparency in Air Travel Fees Washington, D.C.—Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao urging for more transparency in the cost of U.S. air travel. In 2016, U.S. airlines took home $7.1 billion from baggage and change or cancellation fees alone. However, due to airlines’ inconsistent fee revenue reporting practices and U.S. … Continue Reading


DeFazio Blasts DOT for Jeopardizing Aviation Safety, Replacing FAA with PHMSA on International Aviation Safety Board

October 19, 2017

DeFazio Blasts DOT for Jeopardizing Aviation Safety, Replacing FAA with PHMSA on International Aviation Safety Board Washington, D.C. -- Today, the Ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, blasting her for a decision to replace the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) as the U.S. Department of … Continue Reading


ICYMI: Sully Makes the Case Against ATC Privatization

October 19, 2017

ICYMI: Sully Makes the Case Against ATC Privatization Washington, DC- Captain Chelsey (“Sully”) Sullenberger, best known as the pilot of the “Miracle on the Hudson”, made a strong case against H.R. 2997, the “21st Century AIRR Act”, which includes a controversial plan to privatize the Nation’s air traffic control system and hand control of our public airspace to major U.S. airlines. In an opinion editorial in USA Today, he writes, “The airlines, as a business, have their own agenda, but it … Continue Reading


Top Committee Democrats Request GAO Inquiry into EPA’s Misuse of Taxpayer Dollars to Undermine Clean Water Rule

October 12, 2017

Top Committee Democrats Request GAO Inquiry into EPA’s Misuse of Taxpayer Dollars to Undermine Clean Water Rule Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Betty McCollum (D-MN), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and Ranking Member of the House Committee on … Continue Reading


DeFazio: Let’s Stop Talking and Start Investing, It’s Time for This Committee To Take the Lead on Infrastructure

October 11, 2017

DeFazio: Let’s Stop Talking and Start Investing, It’s Time for This Committee To Take the Lead on Infrastructure In a hearing, DeFazio blasts Republicans for gutting transportation funds by $254 billion Washington, D.C. -- Today, the Ranking Democrat of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Peter DeFazio (D-OR), delivered a fiery statement at a hearing of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit titled “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Highways and … Continue Reading


Top Democrats Urge Immediate DOT Action on Drug Testing for Opioids

October 10, 2017

Top Democrats Urge Immediate DOT Action on Drug Testing for Opioids Trump Administration has failed to add opioids to drug-testing panel for certain transportation workers Washington, D.C. -- Today, the Ranking Democrats on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure sent a letter to Secretary of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Elaine Chao urging immediate action on a stalled rulemaking that would add four prescription opioids to the drug-testing for safety-sensitive … Continue Reading


ICYMI: Garmin CEO Makes the Case Against ATC Privatization

October 04, 2017

ICYMI: Garmin CEO Makes the Case Against ATC Privatization Washington, DC- Cliff Pemble, who has served as the president and CEO of avionics and GPS manufacturer Garmin Ltd. since January 2013, makes a strong case against H.R. 2997, the “21st Century AIRR Act”, which includes a controversial plan to privatize the Nation’s air traffic control system and hand control of our public airspace to major U.S. airlines. In an opinion editorial in The Hill newspaper, Pemble writes, “Dismantling our … Continue Reading


Top Democrats Request IG Investigation of EPA Administrator Pruitt’s Wasteful Spending

October 03, 2017

For Immediate Release: October 4, 2017 Contact:Jen Adler (DeFazio), 202-225-4472 Washington, D.C. -- Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment Grace Napolitano (D-CA) sent a letter to the Inspector General of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Arthur A. Elkins, Jr. requesting an immediate investigation into the potential waste or abuse of … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Larsen Respond to House Passage of a Six-Month FAA Extension

September 28, 2017

DeFazio, Larsen Respond to House Passage of a Six-Month FAA Extension Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) reacted after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a short-term, six-month Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) extension. “Here we are again. Yet another short-term extension to keep the lights on at the FAA while … Continue Reading


DeFazio Responds to Final Passage of a Six-Month FAA Extension

September 28, 2017

DeFazio Responds to Final Passage of a Six-Month FAA Extension Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) reacted after the final passage of a short-term, six-month Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) extension. “While I'm glad the House has accepted the Senate changes to the FAA Extension and the FAA will not shut down, we should not be in this situation. This is the fourth short-term FAA extension Congress … Continue Reading


GAO Report Finds FAA’s Implementation of NextGen is On Budget, ATC Privatization May Jeopardize Modernization Efforts

September 07, 2017

GAO Report Finds FAA’s Implementation of NextGen is On Budget, ATC Privatization May Jeopardize Modernization Efforts Washington, D.C. -Today, Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) reacted to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report finding the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) work to modernize the Nation’s aviation infrastructure and air traffic control … Continue Reading


Top Committee Democrats Request CBO Score of Revised AIRR Act

August 07, 2017

Top Committee Democrats Request CBO Score of Revised AIRR Act Significant changes made to Rules Print will add tens of billions to the cost of the bill Washington, D.C. -Today, Ranking Members of four United States House of Representatives Committees sent a letter to Keith Hall, Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), requesting a revised cost estimate for H.R. 2997, the “21st Century AIRR Act”, as posted by the Committee on Rules. The letter was signed by Ranking Member of … Continue Reading


Top Transportation and Appropriations Democrats Request Investigation Into Improper DOT Lobbying

August 02, 2017

Top Transportation and Appropriations Democrats Request Investigation Into Improper DOT Lobbying DOT lobbied stakeholders to support air traffic control privatization plan Washington, D.C. -Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Appropriations Nita Lowey (D-NY), and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development David Price (D-NC), sent a … Continue Reading