Press Releases

Chair DeFazio and Ranking Member Graves Urge President Biden to Start Using Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Immediately to Maintain U.S. Ports and Harbors and Support American Jobs

February 12, 2021

DeFazio and Graves on full utilization of the HMTF: "This would directly benefit the countless businesses, industries, farmers, and workers whose livelihoods depend on coastal and inland harbors for the movement of goods and services" Thanks to WRDA 2020, billions of dollars in unused funds have been unlocked for their intended purpose - maintaining U.S. ports and harbors Washington, DC - House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member … Continue Reading


Following All-Day Markup, Committee Advances Key Portions of President Biden’s COVID Relief Legislation to Deliver Badly-Needed Aid to the American People

February 11, 2021

Washington, DC- The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has advanced nearly $100 billion in badly-needed aid to the American people-including transportation workers whose jobs are at risk due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic-as part of President Biden's American Rescue Plan. "By approving this legislation, our Committee is moving forward with providing much-needed relief to the millions of transportation workers and rural and urban communities alike that have been devastated … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement from Full Committee Markup on Committee’s Portions of President Biden’s COVID Relief Proposal

February 10, 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 markup to consider legislative proposals to comply with the reconciliation directive included in section 2001 of the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2021, S. Con. Res. 5. Video of DeFazio's opening statement is here. More information on the markup can be found here. Chair DeFazio: Today … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Releases Details of T&I Budget Reconciliation Text, Calling the New Round of COVID Relief a “Critical Step” for Workers

February 09, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC-Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released new details of the COVID-19 relief proposal to help fill out President Biden's $1.9 trillion framework, the American Rescue Plan. The $1.9 trillion package, which includes nearly $100 billion within the Committee's jurisdiction, will deliver badly needed aid to the American people, including transportation workers whose jobs are at risk due to the ongoing economic downturn and the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Carbajal Statements from Hearing on COVID-19’s Impacts on the U.S. Maritime Sector

February 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 Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Salud Carbajal (D-CA) during today's hearing titled, "State of the U.S. Maritime Industry: Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic." Video of DeFazio and Carbajal's opening statements are here and here. More information on the hearing can be found here. Chair … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Thompson Urge FAA, TSA to Enforce Federal Mask Mandate for Airline Passengers to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

February 09, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC-Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) are urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to closely coordinate with all stakeholders to enforce President Joe Biden's Federal mask mandate for airline passengers to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and ensure passenger and frontline aviation and … Continue Reading


House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to Hold Markup

February 08, 2021

Washington, DC - The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a Full Committee markup on Wednesday, February 10, at 11:00AM EST to consider the following measures: Legislative proposals to comply with the reconciliation directive included in section 2001 of the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2021, S. Con. Res. 5 (Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute) Other matters cleared for consideration. Members will appear by videoconference or in person in … Continue Reading


ICYMI: President Biden: “I Can Hardly Wait to Sit Down with Peter DeFazio to Work on Infrastructure” (VIDEO)

February 05, 2021

"We have a chance to do something big here" WASHINGTON, DC-Rep. Peter DeFazio, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, today met with President Joe Biden and other members of House Democratic leadership to discuss the urgent need for another COVID-19 relief package. During the meeting, President Biden remarked that he "can hardly wait to sit down with Peter DeFazio to work on infrastructure," as the next major initiative to strengthen the staggering economy and create … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Carbajal Announce Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee Hearing on COVID-19 Impacts on U.S. Maritime Industry

February 05, 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, "State of the U.S. Maritime Industry: Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic." This is the first Subcommittee hearing that newly-elected Chair Carbajal will preside over. More information about the hearing, including testimony and a live … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement from Full Committee Hearing on “Protecting Transportation Workers and Passengers from COVID: Gaps in Safety, Lessons Learned, and Next Steps”

February 04, 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, "Protecting Transportation Workers and Passengers from COVID: Gaps in Safety, Lessons Learned, and Next Steps." See video of Chair DeFazio's opening statement here. More information on the hearing can be found here. Chair DeFazio: Today, we are here to discuss one aspect of the COVID-19 … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio and Ranking Member Graves Announce Subcommittee Rosters for the 117th Congress

February 04, 2021

Washington, DC- Today, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held its organizational meeting for the 117th Congress, where the Committee finalized assignments for its six subcommittees as well as the Committee rules. "As the largest committee in Congress by membership, we have the good fortune of bringing together representatives from districts of all shapes and sizes, whether the district is a small slice of New York or Los Angeles, or the entire state of Alaska," Chair … Continue Reading


Group of House Democrats Pushing for FEMA Cost-Share Reimbursement Applaud President Biden’s Latest Action That Will Help Communities Across the Country

February 02, 2021

By retroactively reimbursing state, local, tribal, and territorial governments for costs tied to their COVID-19 response dating back to January 2020, the Biden administration is going above and beyond to provide much-needed financial relief to communities President Biden's executive action comes after House Democrats urged the Biden administration to waive all Federal cost-share requirements for pandemic response assistance provided by FEMA WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House … Continue Reading


ICYMI: DeFazio Discusses His Transformational Infrastructure Legislation During The Hill’s “Reset 2021: A New American Start”

February 02, 2021

WASHINGTON- As part of The Hill's virtual panel titled, "Reset 2021: A New American Start," Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) spoke with The Hill's Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons about his vision for rebuilding America's infrastructure. Chair DeFazio discussed his legislation, the Moving Forward Act, which would create millions of good-paying American jobs while cutting carbon pollution from the transportation sector and making our … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Napolitano Urge President Biden to Repeal Trump’s Rollback of Federal Clean Water Protections

February 02, 2021

In a new letter, DeFazio and Napolitano praise President Biden for revoking multiple Executive Orders of the Trump administration that were harmful to public health and the environment and ask him to go one step further T&I Chairs to Biden: "…the Trump Dirty Water Rule is a fatally flawed proposal, with no basis in the law, no basis in the science, and a blatant giveaway to polluters. It must simply and immediately be repealed" Washington, DC - Chair of the House Committee on … Continue Reading


House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chair DeFazio Announces Organizational Meeting and First Hearing of the 117th Congress

January 29, 2021

Hearing will examine gaps in protecting transportation workers and passengers from COVID-19, lessons learned thus far from the Federal government's COVID response, and next steps Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced the organizational meeting and first committee hearing of the 117th Congress titled, "Protecting Transportation Workers and Passengers from COVID: Gaps in Safety, Lessons Learned, and Next … Continue Reading


T&I Chairs Praise Biden Climate Orders and Urge Swift Adoption of Water Infrastructure Legislation to Meet Resiliency and Equity Goals

January 27, 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) released the following statements praising President Biden for his Executive Orders on Climate and Science that prioritize modern and resilient infrastructure as well as environmental justice. The Chairs also urged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to swiftly implement key provisions … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Announces Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee Chairs and Democratic Committee Roster

January 26, 2021

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced the Committee's Democratic roster for the 117th Congress, as well as the six subcommittee chairs and the full Committee Vice Chair, all of whom were approved by the Democrats on the Committee. In total, there will be 37 Democrats serving on the Committee, 36 of whom are named below. One spot remains open, pending selection by the House Democratic Steering and Policy … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Cheers President Biden’s Actions to Promote and Protect American Jobs and Manufacturing

January 25, 2021

DeFazio: "If implemented correctly, this is exactly how we put millions of people to work and Build Back Better" WASHINGTON-Rep. P­eter DeFazio, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, today released the following statement after President Joe Biden announced a new executive order to bolster American manufacturing and job creation by strengthening Buy America requirements, among other things. "With today's White House order to support American workers and boost … Continue Reading


DeFazio and Napolitano Applaud President Biden for Prioritizing Review of Trump Environmental Rollbacks as Part of Day One Executive Order

January 21, 2021

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) released the following statements applauding President Biden for prioritizing Federal agency scrutiny of the Trump administration's "Dirty Water Rule" and gutting of the environmental review process under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) as part of the President's Executive Order titled, "Protecting Public Health and the … Continue Reading


DeFazio and Malinowski Applaud President Biden for Prioritizing Scrutiny of Reckless Trump Rule to Permit LNG Transport by Rail Tank Car

January 21, 2021

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Representative Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) released the following statements in response to President Biden prioritizing Department of Transportation scrutiny of the Trump administration's rule to permit the transport of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail tank car as part of the President's Executive Order titled, "Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to … Continue Reading