Press Releases

Transportation Democrats Urge Secretary Chao to Reconsider Controversial Changes to INFRA Grant Program

July 27, 2017

Transportation Democrats Urge Secretary Chao to Reconsider Controversial Changes to INFRA Grant Program 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 the Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) led a letter to Secretary of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Elaine Chao urging DOT to reconsider changes made to the Nationally Significant Freight and Highway … Continue Reading


CRS Finds Air Traffic Control Privatization Plan Likely Violates U.S. Constitution

July 25, 2017

CRS Finds Air Traffic Control Privatization Plan Likely Violates U.S. Constitution Washington, D.C. -Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released a 36-page constitutional analysis from the non-partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) that found a controversial plan to privatize air traffic control likely violates the Constitution. DeFazio also sent a letter with Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Aviation Rick … Continue Reading


DeFazio Presses GSA Administrator Over Trump Conflicts of Interest, Failure to Respond to Oversight

July 12, 2017

DeFazio Presses GSA Administrator Over Trump Conflicts of Interest, Failure to Respond to Oversight Committee Democrats release a report detailing major conflicts of interest; introduce Resolution to force GSA to respond to oversight request Washington, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) repeatedly asked Acting Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA) Timothy Horne to answer questions about the … Continue Reading


DeFazio Makes the Case Against Air Traffic Control Privatization

June 27, 2017

ICYMI: DeFazio Makes the Case Against Air Traffic Control Privatization In case you missed it, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) delivered the following remarks at the June 27, 2017 markup of H.R. 2997, the “21st Century AIRR Act”. A video of his remarks can be found here. Remarks as prepared for delivery are below. Slideshow referenced in the statement is attached to the email. Privatization background prepared by … Continue Reading


Top Democrats Blast GSA For Ignoring Oversight Requests for Information on the Trump Old Post Office Lease

June 13, 2017

Washington, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Hank Johnson (D-GA) sent a letter to the Acting Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Tim Horne, blasting the agency for failing to respond to repeated requests for information related to the Old Post Office lease agreement between GSA and the Trump … Continue Reading


DeFazio to Trump: When Does the Real Infrastructure Week Start?

June 08, 2017

DeFazio to Trump: When Does the Real Infrastructure Week Start? DeFazio attacks Trump’s claims that infrastructure needs can be solved by gutting environmental protections Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) slammed President Trump for failing to produce any proposals to address the real needs of our crumbling infrastructure during his so-called “Infrastructure Week”. This week, the president … Continue Reading


DeFazio Statement for Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Hearing with Secretary Elaine Chao

June 08, 2017

DeFazio Statement for Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Hearing with Secretary Elaine Chao Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) submitted the following remarks at the June 8, 2017 hearing on Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Federal Aviation Administration Authorization. Statement of the Honorable Peter A. DeFazio Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Hearing on “Building … Continue Reading


Transportation Democrats Reject Trump Plan to Privatize Public Airspace, Offer Targeted Solutions to Improve FAA

June 06, 2017

Transportation Democrats Reject Trump Plan to Privatize Public Airspace, Offer Targeted Solutions to Improve FAA Washington, D.C. - Today, Democrats on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure rejected President Trump’s plan to privatize our public airspace, and instead introduced, H.R. 2800, The Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2017, legislation to strengthen and reform the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its air traffic control (ATC) system. The legislation, … Continue Reading


Ranking Member DeFazio Reacts to Trump Administration ATC Privatization Proposal

June 04, 2017

Washington, D.C.- "Today, the Trump Administration announced principles for modernizing the U.S. air traffic control system by privatizing it. Privatization was a bad idea when it was proposed in the last Congress, and it remains a bad idea today despite President Trump's support. In fact, according to the Trump budget, this proposal would increase the deficit by at least $46 billion. "For the last two years, a bipartisan group of opponents of air traffic control privatization have raised … Continue Reading


ICYMI: DeFazio Makes the Case Against Air Traffic Control Privatization

May 18, 2017

ICYMI: DeFazio Makes the Case Against Air Traffic Control Privatization In case you missed it, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) delivered the following remarks at the May 17, 2017 hearing on “The Need to Reform FAA and Air Traffic Control to Build a 21st Century Aviation System for America”. Delivered remarks can be found here. DeFazio’s first round of questions can be found here. DeFazio’s second round of … Continue Reading


Top Transportation Committee Members Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Clean Water, Create American Jobs

May 17, 2017

Top Transportation Committee Members Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Clean Water, Create American Jobs Washington, D.C. -- Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Vice Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN), and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment Grace Napolitano (D-CA) introduced bipartisan legislation that would help … Continue Reading


DeFazio to U.S. Airlines: Get Your House In Order

May 03, 2017

For Immediate Release: May 2, 2017 Contact: Jen Gilbreath Adler (DeFazio), 202-225-4472 DeFazio to U.S. Airlines: Get Your House In Order In case you missed it, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) delivered the following remarks at the May 2, 2017 oversight hearing on U.S. airline customer service. Delivered remarks can be found here. Remarks as prepared for delivery are below Statement of the … Continue Reading


Oregon Representatives Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Communities, Establish Emergency Response Fund for Rail Accidents

April 28, 2017

For Immediate Release: April 28, 2017 Contact: Jen Gilbreath (DeFazio), 202-225-4472 Justin Discigil (Walden), 202-225-6730 Nicole L’Esperance (Blumenauer), 202-225-4811 Maggie Rousseau (Bonamici), 202-754-1649 Oregon Representatives Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Communities, Establish Emergency Response Fund for Rail Accidents Washington, D.C. - Today, members of Oregon’s Congressional Delegation introduced the bipartisan Community Protection and Preparedness … Continue Reading


Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Protect U.S. Aviation Jobs from Unfair Competition

April 26, 2017

For Immediate Release: April 26, 2017 Contact: Jen Gilbreath (DeFazio), 202-225-4472 Douglas Wagoner (Larsen), 202-226-9716 Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Protect U.S. Aviation Jobs from Unfair Competition Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA), and … Continue Reading


Top House and Senate Democrats Blast GSA For New Partisan Policy That Allows Agency to Ignore Democratic Requests

April 06, 2017

For Immediate Release: April 6, 2017 Contact: Jen Gilbreath (House T&I), 202-225-4472 Christine Brennan (Senate EPW), 202-224-8832 Top House and Senate Democrats Blast GSA For New Partisan Policy That Allows Agency to Ignore Democratic Requests Washington, D.C. -- Today, top Democrats on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works sent a letter to Acting Administrator of the U.S. General Services … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Norton to Chao: We Cannot Streamline Our Way Out Of Our Transportation Funding Shortfall

April 04, 2017

Press Release: April 5, 2017 Contact: Jen Gilbreath (DeFazio), 202-225-4472 DeFazio, Norton to Chao: We Cannot Streamline Our Way Out Of Our Transportation Funding Shortfall 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 Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Elaine … Continue Reading


Kelly, DeFazio Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Guarantee Maintenance of Nation’s Ports and Harbors

April 04, 2017

Press Release: April 5, 2017 Contact: Jen Gilbreath (DeFazio), (202) 225-4472 Tom Qualtere (Kelly), (202) 225-5406 Kelly, DeFazio Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Guarantee Maintenance of Nation’s Ports and Harbors Washington, D.C. -- Today, Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA), and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), introduced H.R. 1908, the Investing in America: Unlocking the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund … Continue Reading


DeFazio Introduces Investing in America: A Penny For Progress Act to Boost Investments for the Nation’s Roads, Bridges, and Transit Systems

March 21, 2017

Washington, D.C. -- Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced H.R. 1664, the Investing in America: A Penny for Progress Act, which provides approximately $500 billion in infrastructure investment to rebuild our crumbling network of roads, bridges, and transit systems. “From the first day of his campaign in 2015, President Trump promised to rebuild the nation’s crumbling network of roads, bridges, transit systems, … Continue Reading


DeFazio Responds to Trump Administration’s “Skinny Budget”

March 16, 2017

Washington, D.C. -- Today, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, issued the following statement following the release of the Trump Administration’s “Skinny Budget”: “Over the last few years, President Trump repeatedly promised the American people that he wanted to rebuild and replace our aging network of crumbling roads, bridges, airports, transit systems, railways, ports, and water systems. The President’s budget, released … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Larsen Introduce Legislation to Increase Airfare Transparency and Protect Consumer

March 08, 2017

For Immediate Release: March 8, 2017 Contact: Jen Gilbreath (DeFazio), 202-225-4472 Douglas Wagoner (Larsen), 202-226-9716 Washington, D.C. -- Today, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) introduced H.R. 1420, the Know Before You Fly Act. This legislation enhances and strengthens protections for air travelers during mass flight delays and … Continue Reading