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Rahall Legislation to Reinforce Indian Tribal Sovereignty During Major Disasters to Become Law

January 29, 2013

Washington, D.C. - Legislation authored by U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, that solidifies Indian Country’s tribal sovereignty during disasters and emergency situations is expected to be signed into law by the President in the coming days.  Rahall’s language was included as part of H.R. 152 which was approved by the Senate last night after being passed in the House earlier this month. “For more than a decade … Continue Reading


Rahall Announces Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee Ranking Members

January 22, 2013

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), Democratic Leader of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today announced that the Committee Democratic Caucus has selected Subcommittee Ranking Members for each of its six panels. “Our Committee Caucus has elected an outstanding group of Subcommittee Ranking Members who will bring to the table their experience, expertise and energy in addressing our Nation’s transportation needs,” said Rahall.  “I have had the … Continue Reading


Rahall Legislation to Reinforce Indian Tribal Sovereignty During Disasters Approved Again by U.S. House

January 15, 2013

Washington, D.C. - Legislation authored by U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, to solidify Indian Country’s tribal sovereignty during major disasters has been approved as part of one of the first acts of the new Congress.  Rahall’s language was included as part of H.R. 219 which the House passed yesterday evening and which would allow tribes to directly petition the federal government for disaster assistance. “For … Continue Reading


Rahall Proposal to Update FEMA Guidelines in Response to West Virginia Storms Approved Again by U.S. House

January 15, 2013

Washington, DC - Following the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) recent denial of West Virginia’s request for Individual Assistance for victims of Superstorm Sandy, the House has again passed legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-W.Va.) that will require FEMA to reassess the guidelines the agency uses to evaluate such requests in the future.  Rahall originally introduced the legislation in the last Congress in response to the June 2012 Derecho which devastated large … Continue Reading


Rahall Announces Democrat Members of Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for the 113th Congress

December 20, 2012

Washington, DC - U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall, top Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today released the roster of Committee Democrats for the 113th Congress which includes 10 new members compared to the current Congress.  Democrats are gaining an additional seat on the Committee in the new Congress which will bring the ratio of Republicans to Democrats to 33-27. “I would like to welcome a dynamic, regionally balanced, group of new Members of the Committee who are well … Continue Reading


Rahall Reelected as Top Democrat on House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

December 05, 2012

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-WV) was selected by the House Democratic Caucus this morning to serve as the Ranking Member on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for the new Congress starting January 2013.  Rahall has been a Member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for his entire tenure in Congress and served as the Committee’s top Democrat during the current Congress. “I am deeply grateful for the trust that my colleagues have again placed in … Continue Reading


Rahall Presses FEMA to Expedite West Virginia Disaster Assistance

December 04, 2012

Says Mountain State Residents ‘Deserve Answers’ from Agency Washington, DC - With thousands of West Virginia residents still waiting to hear if they will be eligible for individual disaster assistance following Superstorm Sandy, U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall, top Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today pressed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure that West Virginians affected by the Storm receive the full range of Federal assistance.  At a hearing … Continue Reading


Rahall Applauds Shuster for Responsible Approach to Addressing Highway Fund

November 29, 2012

Boehner Sharply Critical of Rahall for Similar Stance Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall, top Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today applauded incoming Committee Chairman Bill Shuster for his recent comments that the Committee “look at all the options that are out there” in order to generate sustainable revenue for the Highway Trust Fund. Nearly identical comments from Mr. Rahall on the need to consider all options to bring the Trust Fund into balance drew … Continue Reading


Rahall Legislation to Reinforce Indian Tribal Sovereignty During Major Disasters Approved by House

September 20, 2012

Washington, D.C.- The House of Representatives has approved legislation authored by U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, that solidifies Indian Country’s tribal sovereignty during major disasters and emergency situations.  Rahall’s legislation was included as part of a larger bill to reauthorize the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) which was approved by voice vote on Wednesday evening. “Passage of this … Continue Reading


House Approves Rahall Language to Update FEMA Guidelines in Response to Derecho Storm

September 20, 2012

Washington, DC - Following yesterday’s announcement that the President approved West Virginia’s appeal for Individual Assistance for those hardest hit by the June 29 Derecho storm, the House of Representatives has approved legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) that would require FEMA to reassess how it evaluates requests for Individual Assistance following future disasters. “West Virginia’s successful appeal for disaster assistance was welcome news for residents, but it was … Continue Reading


Committee Republicans Vote Down Needed Clean Water Infrastructure Investment for States

August 01, 2012

Leave Hunting and Fishing Grounds Exposed to Potential Destruction Washington, D.C. - House Transportation Infrastructure Committee Republicans today voted down legislation that would have provided desperately needed state funding for clean water infrastructure and created hundreds of thousands of family-wage jobs.  During a Committee markup, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Ranking Democratic Member Tim Bishop offered an amendment to H.R. 4278 to ensure that States had … Continue Reading


LATEST GSA FIASCO UNCOVERED BY NEW AGENCY CHIEF

July 19, 2012

LATEST GSA FIASCO UNCOVERED BY NEW AGENCY CHIEFRahall and Norton Applaud His Whistle Blowing Washington, D.C. - Two top ranking Democratic Members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today commended Acting GSA Administrator Dan Tangerlini for blowing the whistle on additional abuses of taxpayer money at the agency.  Earlier this month Tangerlini called upon the GSA’s Inspector General to investigate lavish spending at a November 2010 agency performance award ceremony.  The … Continue Reading


Rahall Fights to Create American Transportation Jobs

May 18, 2012

Washington, D.C. - Continuing his efforts to protect and grow American jobs, U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, last night moved to strengthen “Buy America” requirements in long-term surface transportation legislation being considered by a House-Senate conference committee. Today, the House voted 245 to 169 to adopt Rahall’s effort to close loopholes in current law that are being exploited to send transportation … Continue Reading


Senior House Transportation Leaders Introduce Senate Transportation Bill, Urge Immediate Consideration

March 21, 2012

- Bill Creates or Saves More than 2 Million American Jobs - Washington, D.C. - Senior Members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today joined with more than 80 Members of the House of Representatives to introduce the bipartisan job-creating Senate transportation bill that passed last week by a vote of 74 to 22 and called on House Republicans to abandon their partisan transportation bill and bring the Senate bill up for immediate consideration. “With more than 2.7 million … Continue Reading


BREAKING NEWS – CBO: Republican Surface Transportation Proposal Bankrupts Highway Trust Fund

February 13, 2012

- Republican Leadership’s Bill Falls $78 Billion Short Over Ten-Year Period - Washington, D.C. - According to a new analysis released this afternoon by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the Republican Leadership’s surface transportation bill that the House is expected to act on later this week would bankrupt the Highway Trust Fund by 2016 and create a $78 billion funding shortfall over a ten-year period. “The Republican Leadership’s partisan signature ‘jobs’ bill is not … Continue Reading


Rahall Statement on Administration’s Budget

February 13, 2012

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today released the following statement after the Administration unveiled its Fiscal Year 2013 budget: “It was predictable that the arrival of the President’s budget on Capitol Hill would be met with partisan rhetoric and finger-pointing.  But given that it comes at a time when the Congress is poised to consider major legislation that could hold vast job-growing … Continue Reading


House Passes Long-Term FAA Authorization That Keeps West Virginia Rural Air Service Flying

February 03, 2012

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. House of Representatives today put its final seal of approval on a four-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that will continue to ensure rural air service to communities in West Virginia and across the country through the Essential Air Service (EAS) program. “I am pleased that Congress has flat-out rejected the proposal of the original House-passed bill that would have terminated the Essential Air Service program, which directly … Continue Reading


Rahall: Let’s Put Americans Back to Work Rebuilding America

January 25, 2012

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today released the following statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address: “I am pleased that the State of the Union address highlighted the need to create good jobs here in America.  We have a real opportunity - and responsibility - to create those jobs now by making adequate investments in our Nation’s crumbling surface transportation … Continue Reading


Rahall Unveils Major Proposal to Create American Jobs

December 01, 2011

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, was joined by Committee Members, labor leaders, and a U.S. manufacturer today to introduce legislation to create American jobs and revitalize American manufacturing through Federal transportation and infrastructure investments. “We are here today because many Americans, still recovering from the worst economic recession since the Great Depression, are … Continue Reading


Rahall, Transportation Leaders to Unveil Major Proposal to Create American Jobs

November 30, 2011

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will be joined by Committee Members and transportation leaders tomorrow to unveil a major proposal to create American jobs. Who: Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), Ranking Member, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL), Ranking Member, Subcommittee on … Continue Reading