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Chairs DeFazio, Norton Announce Automated Vehicles Hearing

January 28, 2022

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced the subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "The Road Ahead for Automated Vehicles." The hearing will explore the infrastructure, safety, workforce, and other impacts of the deployment of automated vehicles. "As automated vehicles become more integrated into our lives and economy, Congress … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Larsen Announce Hearing Next Week on 5G Deployment and its Effects on Aviation Safety

January 27, 2022

Washington, DC - 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) announced the subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "Finding the Right Frequency: 5G Deployment & Aviation Safety."During this hearing, members will have an opportunity to discuss the impact that deployment of 5G technologies has on the aviation industry with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Stephen … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Larsen Statement on Latest 5G Voluntary Agreement

January 18, 2022

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 the following joint statement after AT&T and Verizon voluntarily agreed to delay the deployment of 5G around some U.S. airports. "Today's voluntary agreement by AT&T and Verizon to temporarily delay 5G implementation around some U.S. airports is good news and will do a tremendous amount of good to prevent … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Larsen Call for Targeted Delay of 5G Deployment

January 17, 2022

Statements from the T&I chairs follow calls from airlines for immediate intervention to prevent significant disruptions to the economy and passenger safety 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 the following statements calling for targeted delays of 5G deployment near U.S. airport runways until the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) can … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Celebrates Largest Bridge Investment in American History Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

January 14, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement after the Federal Highway Administration launched the largest bridge formula program in American history made possible by the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which DeFazio led to passage in the House. "With over 44,000 bridges in poor condition around our country, today's announcement of $27.5 billion in long-overdue funding is great … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Statements from Hearing on the Administration’s Priorities for WRDA 2022

January 12, 2022

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 hearing titled, "Proposals for a Water Resources Development Act of 2022: Administration Priorities." Videos of opening statements from DeFazio and Napolitano can be found here and here. More information on the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Announce Hearing on the Administration’s Priorities for WRDA 2022

January 07, 2022

Washington, DC - Today, 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) announced the subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "Proposals for a Water Resources Development Act of 2022: Administration Priorities." This hearing will initiate the committee process for the development of Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) legislation for 2022. It will also provide … Continue Reading


In New Letter to FCC, Chair DeFazio Continues to Express “Deep Reservations” About Scheduled 5G Deployment

January 03, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) urged Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel to immediately delay deployment of 5G technologies until the aviation safety concerns raised by the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the aviation industry have been adequately addressed. This letter comes on the heels of DeFazio supporting Airlines for … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement on Airlines for America’s Emergency Petition to Stay 5G Deployment

December 31, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement after Airlines for America filed an emergency petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to stay the deployment of 5G technologies, which is scheduled for January 5, 2022, around certain designated airports. "In light of the fast-approaching deadline for deployment, Airlines for America has taken the prudent step of filing an … Continue Reading


Thompson, DeFazio, Watson Coleman, Larsen Write Airlines to Urge Them to Require and Pay for Crew Members to Attend TSA’s Self Defense Program

December 22, 2021

December 22, 2021 (WASHINGTON) - Committee on Homeland Security Chair Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Transportation & Maritime Security Subcommittee Chair Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), and Aviation Subcommittee Chair Rick Larsen (D-WA) sent letters to four major airlines urging them to require their crew members to attend TSA's Crew Member Self Defense Program so that they are equipped with the necessary skills to deter … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Urge EPA to Prioritize Equity in Toxic Cleanups Made Possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

December 21, 2021

In a letter to EPA Administrator Regan, DeFazio and Napolitano call on the EPA to ensure communities benefit from the historic toxic cleanup funding included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Washington, DC - Today, 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) called on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan to … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Titus Release “Problems on Pennsylvania Avenue”— Report on GSA’s Mishandling of the Old Post Office Lease

December 16, 2021

DeFazio: "…the American people deserve to know their government is not for sale." Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Dina Titus (D-NV) released a staff report on the committee's investigation into the General Services Administration's (GSA) management of the Old Post Office (OPO) Building lease to Trump OPO … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Payne, Jr. Statements from Hearing on Leveraging the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Expand Intercity Passenger Rail

December 09, 2021

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 Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) during today's hearing titled, "Leveraging IIJA: Plans for Expanding Intercity Passenger Rail" Videos of DeFazio and Payne, Jr.'s opening statements are here and here. More information on the hearing can be found … Continue Reading


DeFazio Statement on Airlines for America’s Response to Bipartisan Letter Regarding Management of Payroll Support Program Funds

December 08, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement after receiving a response to the letter he sent along with Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) on December 1st to Airlines for America requesting clarity on how airlines are managing payroll support program (PSP) funds. "The actions we took to support the aviation industry during the pandemic saved countless jobs and should serve as a model for worker aid … Continue Reading


House Approves Bipartisan Legislation to Help Ease Supply Chain Challenges

December 08, 2021

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Salud Carbajal (D-CA), and Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) applauded the House of Representatives for passing H.R. 4996, the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021. This bipartisan legislation will take key steps toward easing current supply chain challenges by increasing the Federal Maritime Commission's (FMC) … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Statements from the Hearing on Environmental Justice in the Revitalization and Reuse of Contaminated Properties

December 08, 2021

  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 hearing titled, “Promoting Economic and Community Redevelopment and Environmental Justice in the Revitalization and Reuse of Contaminated Properties.” Videos of opening statements from … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Payne, Jr. Announce Hearing on Leveraging the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Expand Intercity Passenger Rail

December 03, 2021

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) announced the subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "Leveraging IIJA: Plans for Expanding Intercity Passenger Rail." During the hearing, witnesses will discuss plans for expanding intercity passenger rail in their states, regions, and networks, and how the bipartisan … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Announce Hearing on Environmental Justice in the Revitalization and Reuse of Contaminated Properties

December 03, 2021

Washington, DC - Today, 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) announced that the subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "Promoting Economic and Community Redevelopment and Environmental Justice in the Revitalization and Reuse of Contaminated Properties." During this hearing, the subcommittee will receive testimony on federal, state, and local efforts to … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Payne, Jr. Announce Hearing on Leveraging the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Expand Intercity Passenger Rail

December 03, 2021

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) announced the subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "Leveraging IIJA: Plans for Expanding Intercity Passenger Rail." During the hearing, witnesses will discuss plans for expanding intercity passenger rail in their states, regions, and networks, and how the bipartisan … Continue Reading


Bipartisan Committee Leaders Request Clarity from Airlines on Management of Payroll Support Program Funds

December 02, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) requested yesterday that Airlines for America President and CEO Nicholas Calio provide clarity on how airlines managed funds provided to them under the Payroll Support Program (PSP) and what effect these funds have had on airlines' recent operational capabilities. Under the PSP program-which was created by the 2020 CARES Act and funded in subsequent … Continue Reading