Press Releases

Subcommittee on Water Resources & Environment to Examine the State of Our Clean Water System

March 01, 2019

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 the Environment Grace Napolitano (D-CA) announced the Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "The Clean Water State Revolving Fund: How Federal Infrastructure Investment Can Help Communities Modernize Water Infrastructure and Address Affordability Challenges." The hearing will examine the current state of our clean water systems … Continue Reading


Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation to Hold Hearing on the State of the U.S. Flag Maritime Industry

March 01, 2019

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 Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) announced the Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "U.S. Maritime and Shipbuilding Industries: Strategies to Improve Regulation, Economic Opportunities, and Competitiveness." The hearing will examine the state of the U.S. flag Maritime Industry and will hear testimony from the U.S. … Continue Reading


Chairman DeFazio Statement from Hearing on, “Examining How Federal Infrastructure Policy Could Help Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change”

February 26, 2019

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery by Committee Vice Chair Salud Carbajal, on behalf of Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) during today's hearing titled: "Examining How Federal Infrastructure Policy Could Help Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change." Chairman DeFazio was unable to attend today's hearing due to a snowstorm in Oregon. Welcome. Unfortunately, due to an unusually heavy snowstorm … Continue Reading


Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to hold its First Markup

February 26, 2019

Washington, DC- The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a Full Committee markup this Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 10:00 am in HVC 210, Capitol Visitor Center to consider the following measures: Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Views and Estimates of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure H.Con.Res. 16 - authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers Memorial Service and the National Honor Guard and Pipe Band Exhibition H.Con.Res. 19 - … Continue Reading


REMINDER: Chairman DeFazio Announces Full Committee Hearing, “Examining How Federal Infrastructure Policy Could Help Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change”

February 25, 2019

Washington, DC- Tomorrow the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a hearing titled, "Examining How Federal Infrastructure Policy Could Help Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change." The hearing will examine the role the transportation sector plays in global warming, explore the dual track approach of mitigation and resiliency, and learn from experts in the public and private sectors whom have demonstrated pragmatic solutions for reducing carbon emissions and building … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Maloney React to Reports of Coast Guard Lieutenant’s Arrest Amid Plans to Commit Mass Domestic Terrorism

February 21, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) reacted to recent reports that a member of the United States Coast Guard was arrested after federal authorities discovered weapons in his home that authorities say he stored to launch a massive domestic terror attack targeting politicians and journalists. "The … Continue Reading


Chairman DeFazio Announces Full Committee Hearing, “Examining How Federal Infrastructure Policy Could Help Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change”

February 20, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced the Full Committee will hold a hearing titled, "Examining How Federal Infrastructure Policy Could Help Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change." The hearing will examine the role the transportation sector plays in global warming, explore the dual track approach of mitigation and resiliency, and learn from experts in the public and private sectors whom have demonstrated … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Maloney Applaud Passage of Funding for Critical Coast Guard Program

February 15, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) celebrated House passage of The Consolidated Appropriations Act, which includes critical funding for construction of the first Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter. "This funding for the Polar Security Cutter will help to address the need for future polar operations and … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Statements from Hearing on, "Putting U.S. Aviation at Risk: The Impacts of The Shutdown"

February 13, 2019

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) during today's hearing titled: "Putting U.S. Aviation at Risk: The Impacts of The Shutdown." Remarks as delivered can be found here. Thank you, Chairman Larsen, for calling today's hearing on how the President's recent shutdown of the Federal Government affected the operations and workforce of the Federal Aviation … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Reflect on 10 Year Anniversary of Fatal Flight Colgan Air Flight 3407 Crash

February 12, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) shared comments in remembrance of the fatal Colgan Air crash that took 50 lives. On February 12, 2009, Continental flight 3407, operated by Colgan Air, was scheduled for flight from Newark, New Jersey, to Buffalo, New York. Tragically, the flight never made its arrival. At approximately 10:17 PM the plane crashed into a … Continue Reading


Over 160 Representatives and 36 Senators Urge EPA to Extend Comment Period for Proposed WOTUS Rule

February 12, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Tom Carper (D-DE), Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and co-chair of the Congressional Safe Climate Caucus Don Beyer (D-VA), led two letters sent to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Announce Aviation Subcommittee Hearing, “Putting U.S. Aviation at Risk: The Impact of the Shutdown”

February 11, 2019

Washington, DC- Today, Chairman 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 first Subcommittee on Aviation hearing of the 116th Congress, "Putting U.S. Aviation at Risk: The Impact of the Shutdown". The hearing will examine how the recent 35-day partial shutdown of the Federal Government impacted Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) functions and operations, as well as the U.S. … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Larsen Introduce Legislation to Protect U.S. Aviation System, FAA During Future Shutdowns

February 08, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) introduced legislation that would protect Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs and personnel, and the U.S. aviation industry as a whole, from future shutdowns of the Federal Government. "The United States aviation system is the safest, busiest, most complex aviation system in the world-a system … Continue Reading


Chairman DeFazio Statement from Hearing on, “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in Our Nation’s Infrastructure Cannot Wait”

February 07, 2019

Remarks as delivered can be found here. Statement of The Honorable Peter A. DeFazio Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Hearing on "The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in our Nation's Infrastructure Cannot Wait" February 7, 2019 (Remarks as prepared for delivery.) Today, we hold the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's first hearing of the 116th Congress. We are starting off by sounding the alarm bells - investing in America's infrastructure cannot wait. For … Continue Reading


House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Holds Organizational Meeting

February 07, 2019

Washington, DC-Today, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held its organizational meeting, where the Committee finalized subcommittee assignments and the Committee rules. "Transportation is not a partisan issue, it's about moving people and goods more efficiently in this country and connecting us to the world," said Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR). "Every state and territory in our country is profoundly affected by the decisions … Continue Reading


Transportation and Infrastructure Leaders Urge Trump Administration to Protect Jones Act

February 06, 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today, leaders of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure wrote a letter to Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Kirstjen M. Nielsen, expressing their opposition to a request from the Governor of Puerto Rico to waive the Jones Act for ten years to allow foreign tankers to move liquid natural gas (LNG) to the island. The letter was signed by Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), Chairman of the Subcommittee on … Continue Reading


House Passes Bills from Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

February 06, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC-- Today, the United States House of Representatives passed five bills from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. These pieces of legislation will help the Pacific Northwest prepare for catastrophic earthquakes, require Congressional notification of commuter rail safety assessments, require public buildings to accommodate breastfeeding mothers, and establish a commission to commemorate Route 66. "I applaud Chair Norton, Ranking Member Davis, and Representatives … Continue Reading


REMINDER: Chairman DeFazio Announces First Full Committee Hearing, “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in Our Nation’s Infrastructure Cannot Wait”

February 06, 2019

Washington, DC- Tomorrow the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold its first hearing of the 116th Congress on, "The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in Our Nation's Infrastructure Cannot Wait". The hearing will examine the current state of the Nation's highways, bridges, transit systems, ports, and airports, the trillion-dollar backlog of maintenance and repair needs, and the increasing costs of Federal inaction. "When I took over as Chairman of the House … Continue Reading


Chairman DeFazio Responds to The State of the Union Address

February 05, 2019

Washington, D.C. -- Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement after the State of the Union address by President Donald Trump: "Tonight, President Trump said that investing in our transportation infrastructure should be one area where Democrats and Republicans unite. I agree-our crumbling roads, bridges, transit and rail systems, airports, and harbors impact every community across our country. "None of this can … Continue Reading


Hearing to focus on: “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in Our Nation’s Infrastructure Cannot Wait”

February 04, 2019

Washington, DC- The status of our Nation's roads, bridges, transit systems, clean water systems, ports and inland waterways, and airports, the trillion-dollar backlog of maintenance and repair needs, and the increasing costs of Federal inaction will be the subject of this week's hearing. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 7th, 2019, in HVC 210, Capitol Visitors Center. Witnesses: Panel 1: The Honorable Tim Walz, Governor, State of Minnesota; on behalf of … Continue Reading