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Chairs DeFazio and Napolitano Statements on EPA OIG Report Finding Decline in Enforcement of Nation’s Environmental Laws

May 17, 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) issued the following statements after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a troubling report that found enforcement activity within the agency declined over the past decade due to resource constraints and leadership decisions. "This new … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Larsen Announce Aviation Subcommittee Roundtable on Air Traffic Control (ATC) Modernization

May 14, 2021

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 roundtable, titled "Final Approach: An Update on ATC Modernization." More information about the roundtable, including participants and a livestream, can be found here once available. ROUNDTABLE DETAILS The Subcommittee on Aviation Virtual Roundtable on: "Final Approach: An Update on … Continue Reading


ICYMI: DeFazio Discusses How Bold Infrastructure Investment Can Boost America’s Competitive Edge During The Hill’s “The Future of Mobility” Virtual Panel

May 14, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC - As part of The Hill's virtual panel titled, "The Future of Mobility: Groundbreaking Mobility Tech," Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) spoke with The Hill's Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons about how big, bold investment in America's infrastructure can create jobs, bolster U.S. competitiveness in the global economy, create safer, more equitable communities, and address climate change. DeFazio underscored that we can't afford not … Continue Reading


ICYMI: Chair DeFazio and National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare President and CEO Max Richtman Make the Case for Infrastructure Investment in 'The Hill'

May 13, 2021

In an op-ed, DeFazio and Richtman explain how bold, transformational federal infrastructure investment would create millions of jobs and benefit America's growing senior population Washington, DC - In case you missed it, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Max Richtman penned an opinion piece for The Hill to underscore how transformational investments in … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Titus Statements from First Hearing in a Series on Federal Real Estate Post COVID-19

May 13, 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 Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Dina Titus (D-NV) during today's hearing titled, "Federal Real Estate Post-COVID-19 Part One: A View from The Private Sector." Video of opening remarks from Chair Titus are here. More information on the hearing can be found … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Payne, Jr. Request GAO Study on the Impacts of Precision Scheduled Railroading on Workers, Safety and Shippers

May 13, 2021

T&I Chairs to GAO: "Stakeholders are concerned that the rise of the PSR model has come at the expense of long-term capital investments, reduced rail infrastructure, affected service for some shippers, and caused dramatic workforce cuts and safety concerns" WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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) are requesting the … Continue Reading


U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Members Join Mayors from Across the U.S. to Urge Action in Congress: “Infrastructure is Calling”

May 12, 2021

Mayor Quinton Lucas of Kansas City, Missouri, joins (left to right) Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR); Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, California; Mayor Levar Stoney of Richmond, Virginia; Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ); Rep. Greg Stanton (D-AZ); and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a news conference on the importance of federal infrastructure investment to local communities. Additional photos can be found … Continue Reading


Homeland Security, Transportation & Infrastructure Leaders Write White House National Security Advisor Sullivan on Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack

May 12, 2021

May 11, 2021 (WASHINGTON) - Today, leaders of the Homeland Security Committee and the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee sent a letter to White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on the national security and economic security implications of the Colonial Pipeline Company ransomware attack, which could lead to rising fuel costs and fuel shortages. In the letter, the Members ask for a formal briefing as soon as possible from the interagency task force the White House … Continue Reading


Member Designated Projects: Committee Receives More than 2,000 Submissions for Consideration as Part of Surface Transportation Bill

May 11, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC- Two months after announcing a reformed process for Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to submit projects in their districts for consideration to be included in the upcoming surface transportation reauthorization bill, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member of the Committee Sam Graves (R-MO) today announced 318 members have submitted more than 2,000 projects for consideration. (To view a list of all … Continue Reading


Led by T&I Members, Bipartisan Group Introduces Fair and Open Skies Act

May 11, 2021

Bipartisan legislation would help prevent a race to the bottom in international civil aviation Bill Text | Fact Sheet | Section-by-Section Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA), Vice Chair of the Committee Sharice Davids (D-KS), Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Conor Lamb (D-PA), Representative Kaiali'i Kahele (D-HI), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee … Continue Reading


Support Builds Among American Workers for the “Fair and Open Skies Act”

May 11, 2021

Washington, DC- The list of groups coming out in support of the bipartisan "Fair and Open Skies Act" continues to grow. The bill was introduced by Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA), Vice Chair of the Committee Sharice Davids (D-KS), Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Conor Lamb (D-PA), Representative Kaiali'i Kahele (D-HI), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Highways and … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Carbajal Join Ranking Member Sam Graves on Bipartisan Legislation to Bolster Resiliency of Nation’s Ports

May 07, 2021

The bipartisan Resilient Ports Act would usher in key upgrades to U.S. ports Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), and Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Salud Carbajal (D-CA) introduced legislation to help ensure our nation's ports are resilient to extreme weather events, including sea-level rise and flooding. The bill also … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Titus Announce First Hearing in Series on Federal Real Estate Post-COVID-19

May 07, 2021

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, "Federal Real Estate Post-COVID-19 Part One: A View from The Private Sector." At the hearing, Members will examine federal space needs in the post-COVID-19 world. More information about the hearing, including … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Payne, Jr. Statements from Hearing on High-Speed Rail and Emerging Rail Technologies

May 06, 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, "When Unlimited Potential Meets Limited Resources: The Benefits and Challenges of High-Speed Rail and Emerging Rail Technologies." Videos of DeFazio and Payne, Jr.'s opening statements are … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Applauds President Biden’s Focus on Infrastructure During Address to Congress: “Failing to Act on Infrastructure is No Longer an Option”

April 28, 2021

Washington, DC - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement after President Joe Biden's address to a joint session of Congress, during which the president urged Congress to act boldly on infrastructure: "Tonight, President Biden spoke directly and clearly to Congress and all of America about the urgent need to invest in our infrastructure in order to create good-paying jobs and restore the middle class, bolster … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Payne, Jr. Announce Hearing on High-Speed Rail and Emerging Rail Technologies

April 28, 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, "When Unlimited Potential Meets Limited Resources: The Benefits and Challenges of High-Speed Rail and Emerging Rail Technologies." The hearing will feature twelve witnesses from a range of perspectives, exploring the … Continue Reading


Chair Titus Statement from Hearing on the Reauthorization of the Economic Development Administration

April 28, 2021

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Dina Titus (D-NV) during today's hearing titled, "Investing in America: Reauthorization of the Economic Development Administration." Video of the opening statement from Chair Titus is here. More information on the hearing can be found here. Chair Titus: I'd like to welcome everyone to today's hearing. Thank you to … Continue Reading


Chair Larsen Statement from Hearing on Innovation in U.S. Aerospace

April 27, 2021

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) during today's hearing titled, "The Leading Edge: Innovation in U.S. Aerospace." Video of Larsen's opening statement is here. More information on the hearing can be found here. Chair Larsen: Good morning and welcome to today's witnesses joining the Aviation Subcommittee's hearing titled "The Leading Edge: Innovation in U.S. Aerospace." This is a long … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Warns Proposed Class I Railroad Merger “Should Set Off Alarms Bells”

April 23, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement after Canadian Pacific (CP) and Canadian National (CN) both made separate multi-billion dollar offers to buy Kansas City Southern (KCS), sparking a bidding war for the railroad and threatening to usher in a new round of consolidations in the rail sector, ultimately threatening jobs and affecting shipping in the U.S. "Multiple railroads are now seeking to … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Titus Announce Subcommittee Hearing on Reauthorization of the Economic Development Administration

April 23, 2021

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, "Investing in America: Reauthorization of the Economic Development Administration." During this hearing, the subcommittee will receive testimony from stakeholders on the importance of reauthorizing the Economic … Continue Reading