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Chair DeFazio Opening Statement from Committee Markup

April 21, 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) during today's committee markup to consider the committee's Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Views and Estimates. Video of DeFazio's opening statement is here. A livestream of the markup can be found here. Chair DeFazio: Before I comment on the document we plan to adopt in a moment-a document that serves as this Committee's North … Continue Reading


House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair DeFazio Announces Subcommittee Vice Chairs for the 117th Congress

April 21, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced the full list of Vice Chairs for each of the Committee's six subcommittees for the 117th Congress. The six subcommittees and their Chairs and Vice Chairs are as follows: Subcommittee on Aviation: Chair Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Vice Chair Conor Lamb (D-PA) Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation: Chair Salud Carbajal (D-CA) and Vice Chair Jake Auchincloss … Continue Reading


Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to Hold Markup and Subcommittee Hearing on Sustainable Wastewater Infrastructure

April 19, 2021

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced a Markup this Wednesday followed by a hearing in the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment titled, "Sustainable Wastewater Infrastructure: Measures to Promote Resiliency and Climate Adaptation and Mitigation." Additional details on the subcommittee hearing, including witness testimony and a livestream, can be found here once available. DETAILS The Committee on … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Carbajal Statements from Hearing on Practical Steps Toward a Carbon-Free Maritime Industry

April 15, 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 Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Salud Carbajal (D-CA) during today's hearing titled, "Practical Steps Toward a Carbon-Free Maritime Industry: Updates on Fuels, Ports, and Technology." Video of DeFazio and Carbajal's opening statements are here and here. More information on the hearing … Continue Reading


After Six-Hour Members’ Day Hearing, Chair DeFazio Says It’s Clear Congress Must Act on a Big, Bold Infrastructure Plan to Help Communities Across the U.S.

April 14, 2021

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement after an all-day, bipartisan hearing during which 63 non-committee Members submitted testimony to layout their districts' infrastructure needs. The Members' Day hearing comes on the heels of the release of the Biden-Harris administration's American Jobs Plan, and ahead of the Committee's plan to markup a surface transportation bill next month. "After hearing … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement from Members’ Day Hearing

April 14, 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) during today's Members' Day Hearing on the infrastructure priorities of non-committee Members. Video of DeFazio's opening statement is here. More information on the hearing, including a livestream and a list of Member testimony, can be found here. Chair DeFazio: Welcome to our Members' Day Hearing, which is an opportunity … Continue Reading


House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to Hold Members’ Day Hearing on Local Infrastructure Priorities

April 09, 2021

Washington, DC - Next week, the full committee will hold a Members' Day Hearing for non-committee Members to testify about their infrastructure priorities. More information about the hearing, including a livestream, can be found here once available. The latest information on the Member Designated Projects process can be found here. HEARING DETAILS The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing on: "Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Members' Day Hearing" … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Carbajal Announce Subcommittee Hearing on Practical Steps Toward a Carbon-Free Maritime Industry

April 09, 2021

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 Salud Carbajal (D-CA) announced the subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "Practical Steps Toward a Carbon-Free Maritime Industry: Updates on Fuels, Ports, and Technology." This hearing will examine how to reduce carbon pollution from vessels and ports, as well as the future of zero emissions technology in the … Continue Reading


ICYMI: Chair DeFazio Joins Committee Members in Virtual Roundtables Across the U.S. to Discuss the Urgent Need for Transformational Infrastructure Investments

April 09, 2021

During the district work period, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) has been joining virtual roundtables hosted by Members and local transportation leaders to discuss the importance of investing in our nation's infrastructure. Springfield, OR - On the heels of the release of the Biden-Harris administration's American Jobs Plan, and ahead of the committee's plan to move a surface transportation reauthorization bill next month, Chair of the House … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Larsen Call on DOT to Deny Possible Foreign Air Carrier Permit from Norse Atlantic Airways

April 02, 2021

DeFazio and Larsen to Buttigieg: "In the cutthroat international aviation market, there is no place for unfair competition" Washington, DC - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) called on the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to honor principles of fair labor standards and to deny any future application for a foreign air carrier permit by a new Norwegian airline-Norse Atlantic … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Applauds President Biden’s American Jobs Plan: “Visionary and Exactly What People Across This Country Have Been Asking For”

March 31, 2021

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement on President Joe Biden announcing his American Jobs Plan: "President Biden's American Jobs Plan is visionary and exactly what people across this country have been asking for from national leaders for years, even decades. The plan the president laid out today makes the kind of investments that I believe we should be making to move our infrastructure … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement from Full Committee Hearing with Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Administration’s Transportation Infrastructure Priorities

March 25, 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) during today's hearing titled, "The Administration's Priorities for Transportation Infrastructure." Video of DeFazio's opening statement is here. More information on the hearing, including Secretary Buttigieg's prepared testimony, can be found here. Chair DeFazio: Today, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee … Continue Reading


T&I Committee Advances Multiple Bills During Markup, Including Legislation to Help Communities Stretched Thin After Dealing with Both COVID and Disasters Such as Wildfires and Hurricanes

March 24, 2021

Washington, DC - The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved a slate of measures during a Full Committee markup today, including bipartisan legislation that would boost the federal cost share from 75 to 90 percent for any presidentially declared major disasters in 2020. Approved legislation is now ready for consideration on the House floor. "Over the past year, state, local, Tribal, and territorial budgets-including those in my home state of Oregon-have been pushed to … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Statements from Hearing on Status of WRDA 2020 Implementation

March 23, 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, "The Water Resources Development Act of 2020: Status of Essential Provisions." Videos of opening statements from Chairs DeFazio and Napolitano are here and here. More information on the hearing can be … Continue Reading


House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to Hold Markup

March 22, 2021

Washington, DC - The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a Full Committee markup on Wednesday, March 24, at 11:00AM EDT to consider the following measures: Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (ANS) to H.R. 610, San Francisco Bay Restoration Act H.R. 1144, Promoting United Government Efforts to Save our Sound Act H.R. 587, Ocean Pollution Reduction Act II H.R. 1921, to amend the Federal Water Pollution Act to reauthorize the Lake Pontchartrain Basin … Continue Reading


Bipartisan Committee Leaders Request Review of Barriers to Sustainable Aviation Fuel

March 22, 2021

Washington, DC - The bipartisan leaders of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Subcommittee on Aviation have asked the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to assess barriers to the deployment of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The GAO request was made by Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Sam Graves (R-MO), Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Aviation Garret Graves (R-LA), and Subcommittee … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Presses Biden Administration on FCC Decision to Share 5.9 GHz Spectrum Band for Unlicensed Use

March 19, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) expressing his continued strong opposition to sharing the 5.9 gigahertz (GHz) radio frequency band (or Safety Band) with unlicensed Wi-Fi. The 5.9 GHz band has been reserved for dedicated short-range communications since 1999 to enable vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications. But in November 2020, the FCC approved the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Announce Subcommittee Hearing on the Status of WRDA 2020 Implementation

March 19, 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 the Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "The Water Resources Development Act of 2020: Status of Essential Provisions." During this hearing, Members will highlight to the Biden administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers some of the significant policy reforms accomplished … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Titus Statements from Hearing on Federal Investments in Resilience and Disaster Mitigation Programs

March 18, 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, "Building Smarter: The Benefits of Investing in Resilience and Mitigation." Videos of opening statements from Chairs DeFazio and Titus are here and here. More information on the … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Announces Full Committee Hearing Next Week with Transportation Secretary Buttigieg

March 18, 2021

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced a Full Committee hearing titled, "The Administration's Priorities for Transportation Infrastructure." During this hearing, Committee Members will have an opportunity to discuss the Biden administration's priorities with Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, who is scheduled to appear virtually. In announcing this hearing, Chair DeFazio said: … Continue Reading