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Chairs DeFazio, Norton Announce Surface Transportation Hearing on Job Creation and Workforce Development

April 21, 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, "Examining Workforce Development and Job Creation in Surface Transportation Construction." The hearing will explore America's highway construction workforce and the impact new infrastructure investments will have on job creation in the field. More … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Carbajal Announce Hearing on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation FY 2023 Budget Request

April 21, 2022

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, "Review of Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Request for the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Programs." The purpose of this hearing is to examine the President's fiscal year 2023 budget requests for the Coast Guard and the maritime … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement on Supreme Court Move to Reinstate Trump-Era ‘Dirty Water Rule’

April 07, 2022

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement after a Trump-era environmental policy was restored by the Supreme Court. Under the policy, states and tribes are limited in preventing projects that are detrimental to the environment. "In their zeal to protect polluters, the conservative majority on the Supreme Court has abused the so-called 'shadow docket' process previously reserved for true … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Congratulates Admiral Linda L. Fagan on Her Nomination to be the First Female Commandant of the United States Coast Guard

April 06, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement following President Biden's nomination of Admiral Linda L. Fagan as the 27th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. Commandant Fagan would be the first woman to ever hold the office. "I applaud President Biden for his historic choice of Linda L. Fagan to be the 27th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard and the first woman Commandant," Chair … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Celebrates Largest-Ever Investment in Public Transit Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

April 06, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement after the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced $20 billion in funding for transit agencies and communities to use for public transportation across the nation. This historic investment in public transit is possible because of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which DeFazio led to passage in the House. "Today's historic … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Payne Urge the Federal Railroad Administration to Minimize Railroad Worker Fatigue as Mandated by Congress

April 06, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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) encouraged the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to finalize the fatigue risk management program rulemaking, a congressional mandate that is a decade late, to mitigate railroad worker fatigue. In the letter, the members wrote: "After decades of studying the issue, the FRA … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement from Hearing on NTSB Reauthorization

April 06, 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) during today's hearing titled, "National Transportation Safety Board Reauthorization." Video of Chair DeFazio's opening statement is here. More information on the hearing can be found here. Chair DeFazio: I would like to thank National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chair Jennifer Homendy for appearing before us today. … Continue Reading


House of Representatives Passes the SPEED Recovery Act

April 05, 2022

Washington, DC - Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5641, the Small Project Efficient and Effective Disaster (SPEED) Recovery Act, a bipartisan bill advanced by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure."In this era of climate crisis, no communities are safe from the potentially devastating impact of disasters," said Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR). "The SPEED Recovery Act will cut red tape and reduce the time it takes communities to … Continue Reading


House of Representatives Passes the Resilient AMERICA Act—A Bipartisan T&I Plan to Deploy Disaster Resources Faster

April 05, 2022

Washington, DC - Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5689, the Resilient AMERICA Act, a bipartisan bill advanced by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. "Communities around the country are being hit harder than ever before by natural disasters and extreme weather events due to the ongoing climate catastrophe. In addition to taking rapid action to decarbonize, we must also prepare our neighborhoods and infrastructure for these increasingly violent events," said … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Titus Statements from Hearing on FEMA’s Priorities for 2022

April 05, 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 Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Dina Titus (D-NV) during today's hearing titled, "FEMA Priorities for 2022 and the 2022-2026 Strategic Plan." Video of opening remarks from Chairs DeFazio and Titus are here and here. More information on the hearing can be found … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Announces Full Committee Hearing on NTSB’s Reauthorization

April 01, 2022

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced the committee will hold a hearing titled, "National Transportation Safety Board Reauthorization." The purpose of this hearing is for Members to hear from the NTSB regarding their reauthorization proposal and related transportation safety issues. More information about the hearing-including a witness list, written testimony and a livestream-can be found here once available. … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Titus Announce Hearing on FEMA’s 2022 Priorities

April 01, 2022

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 a hearing titled, "FEMA's Priorities for 2022 and the 2022-2026 Strategic Plan." At the hearing, members will hear testimony from the Honorable Deanne Criswell, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), about how FEMA can meet the … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Introduces Legislation to Strengthen Aviation Safety Standards at Foreign Repair Stations

March 31, 2022

Bill Text | Fact Sheet Washington, DC- Today, the Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced The Safe Aircraft Maintenance Standards Act, legislation that would strengthen the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) oversight of repair stations located outside the United States. "Aviation safety must be priority number one, no matter what" said Chair DeFazio. "For years the FAA has been too slow to act on recommendations from its own … Continue Reading


House of Representatives Passes Transportation and Infrastructure Bills Cleared by T&I Committee, Including Legislation to Prevent Sexual Violence in Transportation

March 30, 2022

Washington, DC - Today, the House of Representatives passed eight bills within the jurisdiction of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure with bipartisan support. "I applaud the House for passing eight bills today most of which were approved by our committee on a bipartisan basis," Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) said. "I'm particularly proud that the House passed my bill, the Stop Sexual Assault and Harassment in Transportation Act, which … Continue Reading


House of Representatives Passes the Bipartisan Don Young Coast Guard Authorization Act

March 29, 2022

Washington, DC - Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6865, the Don Young Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2022, which the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved on a bipartisan basis earlier this month. The bill was named for Rep. Don Young, who served as the Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure from 2001 to 2007, was a member of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation for many years, and passed away late last week. This … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement on Mark Forkner Verdict

March 24, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement after the acquittal of former Boeing 737 MAX chief technical pilot Mark Forkner. "As I have said many times, Boeing needs to be held accountable. Criminal prosecution is not the only form that can take. FAA should be conducting its own investigation to determine if civil enforcement is warranted. FAA's lack of action on this front is stunning, and that's why … Continue Reading


Chair Carbajal Statement from Field Hearing on Strengthening Small Passenger Vessel Safety

March 21, 2022

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Salud Carbajal (D-CA) during today's field hearing titled, "A Review of Coast Guard Efforts to Improve Small Passenger Vessel Safety."More information on the hearing can be found here.Chair Carbajal:Good morning, and welcome to today's important hearing on small passenger vessel safety. This hearing is taking place in my district, beautiful … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Mourns the Passing of Rep. Don Young

March 19, 2022

Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement on the passing of Rep. Don Young (R-AK): "Don was a force of nature-an historic and unique figure in a body of standouts. Early on we fought bitterly over environmental issues and wolf slaughter in Alaska. Although we stood opposed on many policy matters, we were friends. His service as Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee was impactful, capped by … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Carbajal Announce Field Hearing on the U.S. Coast Guard’s Efforts to Improve Vessel Safety

March 18, 2022

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 field hearing titled, "A Review of Coast Guard Efforts to Improve Small Passenger Vessel Safety." This hearing will examine the Coast Guard's implementation of new small passenger vessel regulations that were created after the Conception dive boat … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Statements from Hearing on Mitigating Aviation Noise

March 17, 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 Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) during today's hearing titled, "Aviation Noise: Measuring Progress in Addressing Community Concerns." Videos of DeFazio and Larsen's opening statements are here and here. More information on the hearing can be found here.Chair DeFazio:Thank you, Chair Larsen, for … Continue Reading