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Committee Leaders Applaud House Passage of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2020

July 21, 2020

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Elijah E. Cummings Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2020, legislation to authorize funds for, reinforce, and support the United States Coast Guard, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The House passed similar legislation in July of 2019, but the Senate failed to act. The bill passed today has been negotiated with Senate committee leaders and now heads to the Senate to be reconciled in conference … Continue Reading


Amid Ongoing Investigation into the Boeing 737 MAX, Chairs DeFazio and Larsen Ask FAA Administrator to Provide Results of Employee Survey on Safety Culture

July 20, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Today, as part of their ongoing investigation into the design, development and certification of the Boeing 737 MAX, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA), asked the top official at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for a copy of a 2019 survey of FAA employees about the agency's safety culture. Notably, the survey of the Office of Aviation Safety includes FAA … Continue Reading


Committee Leaders Demand Trump Administration Develop Plan to Respond to Natural Disasters in Midst of COVID-19

July 16, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Science, Space, and Technology Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence today demanding that the White House direct all federal agencies to develop contingency plans for responding to natural disasters such as storms, floods, fires and extreme heat this year in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. "Our … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Condemn Trump Administration for Weakening Environmental Review Process That Has Protected Public Health and Ensured Public Participation Since 1970

July 15, 2020

Washington, DC - 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) today condemned the Trump administration for finalizing a rule to gut the environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). For more than 50 years, the NEPA process has been vital to public health and ensuring public participation in major environmental … Continue Reading


Bipartisan WRDA 2020 Voted Favorably Out of Committee, Heads to House Floor for a Vote

July 15, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Today, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure voted the Water Resources Development Act of 2020 (WRDA 2020) favorably out of Committee, where 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, as well as policy direction to the Corps for implementation of its Civil Works missions. "I am pleased that today the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Opening Remarks from WRDA Markup

July 15, 2020

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 markup of the Water Resources Development Act of 2020. Chair DeFazio: On Monday, I was joined by Ranking Member Graves, Subcommittee Chairwoman Napolitano, and Subcommittee Ranking Member Westerman in introducing the … Continue Reading


As COVID-19 Cases Spike Across U.S., Chair DeFazio Applauds Newly-Added Mask Requirement in THUD Appropriations Bill

July 14, 2020

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement after the House Committee on Appropriations advanced the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) bill with a newly-added provision requiring masks on airplanes, large public transit systems, and Amtrak trains and ensuring transportation workers in these sectors who interact with passengers are provided necessary … Continue Reading


Committee Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Water Resources Development Act of 2020

July 13, 2020

This legislation is critical to the Nation's ports, inland waterways, locks, dams, flood protection, ecosystem restoration, and other water resources infrastructure 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 Water Resources and Environment Ranking … Continue Reading


Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to hold Markup

July 13, 2020

Washington, DC- The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a Full Committee markup Wednesday, July 15, at 10:00AM EDT to consider the following: H.R. __, The Water Resources Development Act of 2020 (introduction expected prior to consideration) 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 … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Maloney Introduce Legislation to Provide Relief to Maritime Sector Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

July 09, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) introduced The Maritime Transportation System Emergency Relief Act (MTSERA), legislation designed to provide relief to those in the maritime industry during a national emergency such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic or natural disasters. The legislation comes on the heels … Continue Reading


Led by Chair DeFazio, House Democrats Approve Transformational Infrastructure Bill to Rebuild America

July 01, 2020

H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, creates millions of jobs by investing in our Nation's roads, bridges, transit, rail, schools, housing, broadband, clean energy future, and more Washington, D.C. - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 233-188 to pass H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, comprehensive legislation that invests more than $1.5 trillion in our Nation's roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports and harbors, schools, housing, broadband, drinking and wastewater systems, postal service, … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Issue Statements on DOT Inspector General’s Report on the Boeing 737 MAX

July 01, 2020

Washington, D.C. - 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) released statements after the U.S. Department of Transportation's watchdog released its report, "Timeline of Activities Leading to the Certification of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 Aircraft and Actions Taken After the October 2018 Lion Air Accident." Chairs DeFazio and Larsen had urged the Inspector General to open an … Continue Reading


Committee Leaders on EPA’s Relaxed Enforcement Policy Coming to an End Soon

June 30, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment Chairwoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) released the following statement today in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) letter announcing that its relaxation of enforcement policy will end on August 31, 2020. EPA's letter comes after the Committee leaders sent Administrator Andrew … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Presses Army Corps to Extend Upcoming Pebble Mine Deadline to Ensure Proper Consultation with Tribal Communities

June 29, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter to Lieutenant General Todd T. Semonite of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to push for an extension of the finalization of the Environmental Impact Statement as it relates to the Pebble Mine Project, due to concerns over lack of consultation and communication with local tribes and communities. "We have heard from several Alaska Native Tribal communities about … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio’s Statement Before the Rules Committee on the Moving Forward Act

June 29, 2020

Washington, D.C. - The following are remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), during the Rules Committee meeting on H.R. 2 The Moving Forward Act. I'm pleased to testify before the Rules Committee today in support of H.R. 2, the "Moving Forward Act." America's infrastructure is in crisis. Our system of roads, bridges, public transit, rail, airports, ports and water systems are badly outdated, causing … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Express Continued Concern over FCC Approval of Ligado License Application After Briefing with Agency Officials

June 24, 2020

Washington, D.C. - 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) expressed their ongoing concerns over the Federal Communications Commission's decision to approve Ligado's application to use a portion of the L-band spectrum, which is also used for GPS, for a 5G network. This comes after the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a bipartisan briefing with officials from the … Continue Reading


House Democrats Release Text of H.R. 2, a Transformational Infrastructure Bill to Create Jobs and Rebuild America

June 22, 2020

Bill Text | Section-by-Section | Fact Sheet Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR) was joined by Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-VA), Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA), Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio, Rep. Malinowski Slam Trump Administration for Jeopardizing Public Safety by Allowing LNG Transport by Rail Tank Car

June 19, 2020

Washington, DC - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Congressman Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) responded to the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) finalization of the rule to transport liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail tank car. "Of all the ways the Trump administration seeks to put profits over people, this action is one of the most reckless yet. Should even one LNG tank car get punctured, the results could be far more devastating than … Continue Reading


After Marathon Markup, Committee Advances the INVEST in America Act, a Transformational Surface Transportation Bill to Move Nation’s Infrastructure into New Era

June 18, 2020

Washington, DC -After more than 24 hours of debate that included the consideration of 177 amendments, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act. The INVEST in America Act, the key piece of the House Democrats' infrastructure proposal, marks a significant departure from previous surface transportation reauthorization bills. It puts an emphasis on tackling the … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement from Full Committee Markup of the INVEST In America Act

June 17, 2020

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) during today's markup of the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act: Today, the Committee meets to consider H.R. 2, the "Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act." America's surface … Continue Reading