Press Releases

Chair DeFazio Responds to Army Corps Environmental Impact Statement on Pebble Mine

February 13, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) responded to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) preliminary final environmental impact statement on the Pebble Mine Project. "The Army Corps of Engineers' environmental analysis of the Pebble Mine was flawed from the start, and recent reports indicate it isn't improving. When the Chief of the Corps told me the Corps was taking its statutory responsibilities seriously and it … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Statement on Southwest Airlines Safety Oversight Report

February 12, 2020

Washington, D.C. - 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) issued the following statements regarding the U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General report on FAA's safety oversight of Southwest Airlines. "The Inspector General's report not only paints a disturbing picture of the safety culture at Southwest Airlines, but it also raises serious questions about the FAA's … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Titus Statements from Hearing on Welfare of Animals During Disasters

February 12, 2020

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: "Animals in Disasters." Chair DeFazio: Thank you Chair Titus, and thank you to our witnesses for being here today. I'm very interested in this issue because animals are often … Continue Reading


House Introduces Resolution Opposing Rollbacks to National Environmental Policy Act

February 11, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) led the introduction of a resolution opposing changes proposed by the Trump Administration to make significant rollbacks to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The resolution is co-sponsored by House Committee on Natural Resources Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Congressman A. Donald McEachin (D-VA), and Congresswoman Diana DeGette … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Statements from Hearing on Aviation Maintenance and Manufacturing Workforce

February 11, 2020

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: "Looking Forward: The Future of America's Aviation Maintenance and Manufacturing Workforce." Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Chair Larsen, for calling today's hearing on the outlook for the workforce of women and men who build airplanes … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio: President’s Newly-Released Budget Fails to Invest in Our Communities, Our Families, and Our Infrastructure

February 10, 2020

Washington, D.C. -Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement in response to President Trump's budget, highlighting aspects of the budget within the Committee's jurisdiction. "Despite pledging to fight for working families and invest in our communities, President Trump's budget fails to deliver. Not only does his budget slash badly-needed funding to help make sure people get clean water, his vision for 'making America … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Titus Respond to Disappointing Court Ruling on Lawsuit to Prevent President Trump from Accepting Payments from Foreign Governments; Vow to Keep Pushing for Answers

February 07, 2020

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) issued the following statements after the D.C Circuit dismissed a lawsuit filed by more than 200 Members of Congress to enforce the emoluments clause of the Constitution, ruling that individual Members could not act on behalf of the House or Senate and therefore lack … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Titus Press GSA for Answers on How it Plans to Vet Potential Buyers of the Trump Hotel Lease, With Specific Concerns About National Security Issues and Constitutional Conflicts

February 07, 2020

DeFazio and Titus: "…GSA's previous failure to consider constitutional issues raised by the election of Donald J. Trump, coupled with the building's location next to the Department of Justice, across the street from the FBI and a few blocks from the White House and the U.S. Capitol, make it critically important that GSA be prepared to exercise its rights, under the lease, to review the qualifications of any potential purchaser" Washington, DC - Chair of the House Committee on … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Titus Announce Subcommittee Hearing on Welfare of Animals During Disasters

February 07, 2020

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, "Animals in Disasters." Members will examine efforts to consider the welfare of animals, including service animals, family pets, and livestock during disasters, which is critical for emergency management and … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Announce Hearing on Aviation Maintenance and Manufacturing Workforce

February 07, 2020

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 hearing titled "Looking Forward: The Future of America's Aviation Maintenance and Manufacturing Workforce." The hearing will examine the current state of the U.S. aviation manufacturing and maintenance workforce, challenges to ensuring this workforce can meet future industry demands and … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement from Hearing on Transportation and Infrastructure Needs on Tribal, Federal, and U.S. Territorial Lands

February 06, 2020

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 "Assessing the Transportation Needs of Tribes, Federal Land Management Agencies, and U.S. Territories." Thank you, Madam Chair, for holding this hearing today to examine the infrastructure needs of tribes, Federal Land Management Agencies, and U.S. territories. An assessment of the … Continue Reading


House Passes Bipartisan Bills from Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Sending Them to the Senate

February 05, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed six bills from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, including bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Estuary Program, and support restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay, the Great Lakes, and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. "The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has a long history of bipartisanship and I'm glad to see that pay off today with the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Lipinski Statements from Hearing on Grade Crossing Safety

February 05, 2020

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 Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) during today's hearing titled: "Tracking Toward Zero: Improving Grade Crossing Safety and Addressing Community Concerns." Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Chairman Lipinski and Ranking Member Crawford, for calling today's … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Responds to President Trump’s State of the Union Address

February 04, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address: "Tonight, President Trump spent a great deal of time talking up the strength of the U.S. economy. It's true that CEOs and high-dollar donors, especially those hell-bent on gutting environmental protections, are doing better than ever under this administration. But President Trump barely … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Pallone, Neal Release $760 Billion Framework to Make Transformative Infrastructure Investments Across U.S.

January 29, 2020

Washington, DC - Today, the Chairs of three U.S. House Committees released a framework for a five-year, $760 billion investment in infrastructure that would address some of the country's most urgent infrastructure needs, from addressing the massive maintenance backlog, to designing safer streets, to putting the U.S. on a path toward zero emissions from the transportation sector and increasing resiliency. The framework put forth by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Titus Statements from Hearing on GSA Outleases and the Trump Old Post Office Hotel

January 28, 2020

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: "GSA Outleases and the Trump Old Post Office Hotel." Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Chair Titus, and thank you, Administrator Murphy for making your first appearance before this … Continue Reading


Wicker, Cantwell, Other Leaders Raise Concerns About REAL ID Deadline

January 24, 2020

January 24, 2020 CONTACTS: Rick VanMeter (Wicker) 202-224-6965 Peter True (Cantwell) 202-224-4429 LINK Wicker, Cantwell, Other Leaders Raise Concerns About REAL ID Deadline WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., chairman and ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, along with other leaders of committees of jurisdiction, sent a letter to Acting Secretary Chad Wolf of the U.S. Department … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Titus Announce Subcommittee Hearing on GSA Outleases and the Trump Old Post Office Hotel

January 24, 2020

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, "GSA Outleases and the Trump Old Post Office Hotel." The purpose of the hearing is to examine the General Services Administration's (GSA) outleasing authorities and the potential sale of the Trump Old Post Office … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Respond to Trump Administration’s Devastating Rollback of Clean Water Protections

January 23, 2020

Washington, D.C. - 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) responded to the Trump Administration's announcement that it will rollback clean water protections included in the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulation. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's own documents, this rollback will eliminate clean water protections on … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio, Ranking Member Graves, joined by 36 Members of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Question FCC Plans that Undermine the Development and Deployment of Safety Critical Technology

January 22, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Sam Graves (R-MO), and 36 Members of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to raise serious concerns with the FCC's plan to redirect more than half the 5.9 GHz spectrum band. In December, the FCC proposed to reallocate more than … Continue Reading