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Chairs DeFazio and Titus Issue Statements on President’s National Emergency Declaration in Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

March 13, 2020

Washington, DC - 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) issued the following statements after President Trump invoked the Stafford Act, which allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate a national response to the coronavirus pandemic. The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Blasts CEQ on Trump Administration’s Attempt to Undermine Nation’s Bedrock Environmental Laws

March 11, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter to the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) opposing the Trump administration's proposed rule to fundamentally re-write the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations. "I write in strong opposition to the Council on Environmental Quality's (CEQ) proposed rule to fundamentally re-write the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations. I urge you to … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Titus Statements from Hearing on FEMA Priorities

March 11, 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 Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Dina Titus (D-NV) during today's hearing titled: "FEMA's Priorities for 2020 and Beyond: Coordinating Mission and Vision." Chair DeFazio: Thank you Chair Titus, and thank you Administrator Gaynor for being here today. As you … Continue Reading


Congressional Leaders Call on FEMA to Approve Disaster Recovery Aid to Permanently Restore Infrastructure in Puerto Rico

March 10, 2020

Washington, D.C. - After two Congressional delegation trips to Puerto Rico to examine disaster recovery and response efforts, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) led a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor urging him to approve permanent repair or replacement assistance to help communities recover from recent natural disasters on the island. "The damages … Continue Reading


Pallone & DeFazio Ask Water Utility Companies to Stop Shutting Off Water Service in Midst of Coronavirus Outbreak

March 10, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement today urging water utility companies across the country to avoid shutting off water service in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak: "Today we are asking water utility companies across the country to stop shutting off water service to residents and families for nonpayment. Now is no time to compromise Americans' … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Larsen Issue Statements Marking the First Anniversary of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 Crash

March 10, 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 condolences to the families and friends of the victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. On March 10, 2019, 157 people died when their Boeing 737 MAX aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, killing everyone on board. This was the second crash of the new 737 MAX aircraft within … Continue Reading


Chair Maloney Statement from Hearing on Worldwide Presence of the Coast Guard

March 10, 2020

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) during today's hearing titled: "The International Role of the United State Coast Guard." Chair Maloney: Good afternoon and welcome to today's hearing on The International Role of the United States Coast Guard. In my other role, as a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I am keenly aware of the … Continue Reading


Nearly One Year After Launching Its Boeing 737 MAX Investigation, House Transportation Committee Issues Preliminary Investigative Findings

March 06, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Today, nearly one year after launching its investigation into the design, development, and certification of the Boeing 737 MAX, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Majority Staff released its preliminary investigative findings. The Boeing 737 MAX, which was certified by the FAA and entered revenue service in 2017, was involved in two fatal crashes within five months of each other that killed a total of 346 people, including 8 Americans. The aircraft … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Titus Announce Subcommittee Hearing on FEMA Priorities

March 05, 2020

Washington, DC- 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) announced the Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "FEMA's Priorities for 2020 and Beyond: Coordinating Mission and Vision." More information about the hearing, including witness testimony, additional background information, and live webcast, can be found here once … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Maloney Announce Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation to Hold Hearing on Worldwide Presence of the Coast Guard

March 05, 2020

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) announced the Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled "The International Role of the United State Coast Guard." More information about the hearing, including testimony, additional background information, and live webcast, can be found here once available. HEARING DETAILS "The … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Lipinski Statements from Hearing on Freight and Passenger Rail

March 04, 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 Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) during today's hearing titled: "Funding a Robust Freight and Passenger Rail Network." Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Chairman Lipinski and Ranking Member Crawford, for calling today's hearing to discuss how the Federal … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Statements from Hearing on Airline Passenger Experience

March 03, 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 Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) during today's hearing titled: "The Airline Passenger Experience: What It Is and What It Could Be." Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Chair Larsen, for calling today's hearing on the airline passenger experience-and what it can and should be. I want to start by saying … Continue Reading


Congressional Delegation to Travel to California for Field Roundtable on WRDA

March 02, 2020

Washington, D.C. - For your planning purposes, Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) announced the Subcommittee will meet on Friday, March 6, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. in Baldwin Park, California, to conduct a roundtable on "America's Water Resources Infrastructure: Concepts for the Next Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)." This is the second field roundtable the Subcommittee is hosting in preparation for WRDA 2020. The discussion will focus on … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Lipinski Announce Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Hearing on Freight and Passenger Rail

February 28, 2020

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 Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) announced the Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "Funding a Robust Freight and Passenger Rail Network." The hearing will discuss the benefits of both freight and passenger rail, examine the current state of the network, and address the need for continued investment through … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Announce Hearing on Airline Passenger Experience

February 28, 2020

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 "The Airline Passenger Experience: What it Is and What It Can Be." The hearing will examine the U.S. airline passenger experience today, how airlines are working to improve the air travel experience, and opportunities to invest in technologies or innovations that could … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Statements from Members’ Day Hearing on WRDA

February 27, 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 Members' Day Hearing to examine Members' priorities in development of the Water Resources Development Act of 2020 (WRDA). Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Chairwoman Napolitano for holding this hearing and welcome to our … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Call on DOT to Prepare for Coronavirus Impacts on U.S. Travel

February 26, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) today sent a letter to Secretary Elaine Chao of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requesting information on how DOT plans to effectively prepare for the imminent arrival of a pandemic caused by coronavirus COVID-19 on U.S. soil. "…the lack of effective Federal-led coordination and collaboration with industry … Continue Reading


T&I Committee Advances Numerous Bipartisan Bills During Full Committee Markup

February 26, 2020

Washington, DC - Today, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved a slate of bipartisan measures during the first full Committee markup of the new year, including legislation to ensure people who are affected by disasters can promptly access critical assistance, legislation to prevent the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from taking back disaster assistance funds it has mistakenly awarded to victims, and legislation to incentivize the early completion of … Continue Reading


Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to hold Markup

February 24, 2020

Washington, DC- The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a Full Committee markup this Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 10:00 am in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building to consider the following measures: Amending Committee rules Approving revised membership and leadership of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Views and Estimates of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure H. Con. … Continue Reading


Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment to Hold Members’ Day Hearing on Proposals for WRDA 2020

February 21, 2020

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 Members' Day Hearing to examine Members' priorities in development of the Water Resources Development Act of 2020 (WRDA). This hearing is an opportunity for all Members of the House of Representatives to highlight issues of importance in their … Continue Reading