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Chairs DeFazio, Norton, and Payne Introduce the INVEST in America Act to Create Millions of Jobs Bringing Our Infrastructure into the Modern Era

June 04, 2021

The five-year surface transportation bill, which directs federal investments in roads, bridges, transit, and rail, re-imagines our national transportation policies and helps meet the president's vision to invest in American workers and communities while tackling the climate crisis head-on Chair DeFazio: "The INVEST in America Act puts a core piece of President Biden's American Jobs Plan into legislative text- seizing this once-in-a-generation opportunity to move our transportation system out … Continue Reading


Support for the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021 Builds Ahead of Next Week’s Committee Markup

June 03, 2021

H.R. 1915 would invest $50 billion to upgrade America's wastewater infrastructure, including $40 billion through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Washington, DC- The list of groups coming out in support of the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021 (H.R. 1915) continues to grow. The bill, introduced in March by Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. … Continue Reading


After Years of Delays Under Trump, Chair DeFazio Applauds Biden Administration for Advancing Gateway Program, a Major Transit Project with Significant Economic Implications for the Entire Country

May 28, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC-Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement after the Biden administration released the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Hudson Tunnel Project-a major element of the Gateway Program-clearing a key hurdle toward completion after more than three years of purposeful obstruction by the Trump administration. The project sponsors had submitted a draft EIS in early 2018 only to see it languish, … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Napolitano Applaud EPA’s Decision to Revise Trump-era Restrictions on States’ Rights Within the Clean Water Act, Urge Further Action to Ensure Clean Water for All

May 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) issued the following statements after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would revise restrictions implemented by the Trump administration meant to limit state oversight authority over actions that could affect state water quality. Specifically, the previous … Continue Reading


Bipartisan Support Builds for the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021

May 20, 2021

Legislation, now cosponsored by 40 Members of Congress, would authorize $50 billion to create jobs, modernize wastewater systems, and protect local waterways Washington, DC- The bipartisan support in Congress for H.R. 1915, the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021, continues to grow. The bill, introduced in March by Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. … Continue Reading


In Address to Public Transit Conference, Chair DeFazio Thanks Transit Workers for Their Service Amid COVID-19, Previews Elements of Upcoming Surface Transportation Bill

May 19, 2021

DeFazio to transit agencies: "Together, we have an opportunity to reform and rebuild our transportation system for the future" Washington, D.C. - On Tuesday, May 18, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) addressed the American Public Transportation Association's Legislative Conference and Virtual Fly-In. APTA represents all modes of public transportation, including bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, and waterborne service, … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Larsen Seek New Records from Boeing and FAA Regarding Production Issues with Boeing 737 MAX and 787 Dreamliner

May 18, 2021

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) announced they are seeking records from The Boeing Company and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding continued issues with the manufacture and production of Boeing commercial aircraft at facilities in both Washington state and South Carolina. Chairs DeFazio and Larsen first sought records on the Boeing 737 MAX in … Continue Reading


Committee Leaders Question FEMA After Approvals for Disaster Survivor Aid Program Falls to All-Time Low

May 17, 2021

T&I leaders to FEMA Administrator: "Federal disaster programs should not ultimately revictimize individuals and families" Committee's request for answers comes as nation heads into hurricane and wildfire season WASHINGTON, D.C. - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member of the Committee Sam Graves (R-MO), Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Dina Titus (D-NV), and … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Napolitano Statements on EPA OIG Report Finding Decline in Enforcement of Nation’s Environmental Laws

May 17, 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) issued the following statements after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a troubling report that found enforcement activity within the agency declined over the past decade due to resource constraints and leadership decisions. "This new … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Larsen Announce Aviation Subcommittee Roundtable on Air Traffic Control (ATC) Modernization

May 14, 2021

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 roundtable, titled "Final Approach: An Update on ATC Modernization." More information about the roundtable, including participants and a livestream, can be found here once available. ROUNDTABLE DETAILS The Subcommittee on Aviation Virtual Roundtable on: "Final Approach: An Update on … Continue Reading


ICYMI: DeFazio Discusses How Bold Infrastructure Investment Can Boost America’s Competitive Edge During The Hill’s “The Future of Mobility” Virtual Panel

May 14, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC - As part of The Hill's virtual panel titled, "The Future of Mobility: Groundbreaking Mobility Tech," Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) spoke with The Hill's Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons about how big, bold investment in America's infrastructure can create jobs, bolster U.S. competitiveness in the global economy, create safer, more equitable communities, and address climate change. DeFazio underscored that we can't afford not … Continue Reading


ICYMI: Chair DeFazio and National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare President and CEO Max Richtman Make the Case for Infrastructure Investment in 'The Hill'

May 13, 2021

In an op-ed, DeFazio and Richtman explain how bold, transformational federal infrastructure investment would create millions of jobs and benefit America's growing senior population Washington, DC - In case you missed it, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Max Richtman penned an opinion piece for The Hill to underscore how transformational investments in … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Titus Statements from First Hearing in a Series on Federal Real Estate Post COVID-19

May 13, 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 Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Dina Titus (D-NV) during today's hearing titled, "Federal Real Estate Post-COVID-19 Part One: A View from The Private Sector." Video of opening remarks from Chair Titus are here. More information on the hearing can be found … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Payne, Jr. Request GAO Study on the Impacts of Precision Scheduled Railroading on Workers, Safety and Shippers

May 13, 2021

T&I Chairs to GAO: "Stakeholders are concerned that the rise of the PSR model has come at the expense of long-term capital investments, reduced rail infrastructure, affected service for some shippers, and caused dramatic workforce cuts and safety concerns" WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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) are requesting the … Continue Reading


U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Members Join Mayors from Across the U.S. to Urge Action in Congress: “Infrastructure is Calling”

May 12, 2021

Mayor Quinton Lucas of Kansas City, Missouri, joins (left to right) Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR); Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, California; Mayor Levar Stoney of Richmond, Virginia; Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ); Rep. Greg Stanton (D-AZ); and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a news conference on the importance of federal infrastructure investment to local communities. Additional photos can be found … Continue Reading


Homeland Security, Transportation & Infrastructure Leaders Write White House National Security Advisor Sullivan on Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack

May 12, 2021

May 11, 2021 (WASHINGTON) - Today, leaders of the Homeland Security Committee and the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee sent a letter to White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on the national security and economic security implications of the Colonial Pipeline Company ransomware attack, which could lead to rising fuel costs and fuel shortages. In the letter, the Members ask for a formal briefing as soon as possible from the interagency task force the White House … Continue Reading


Member Designated Projects: Committee Receives More than 2,000 Submissions for Consideration as Part of Surface Transportation Bill

May 11, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC- Two months after announcing a reformed process for Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to submit projects in their districts for consideration to be included in the upcoming surface transportation reauthorization bill, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member of the Committee Sam Graves (R-MO) today announced 318 members have submitted more than 2,000 projects for consideration. (To view a list of all … Continue Reading


Led by T&I Members, Bipartisan Group Introduces Fair and Open Skies Act

May 11, 2021

Bipartisan legislation would help prevent a race to the bottom in international civil aviation Bill Text | Fact Sheet | Section-by-Section Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA), Vice Chair of the Committee Sharice Davids (D-KS), Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Conor Lamb (D-PA), Representative Kaiali'i Kahele (D-HI), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee … Continue Reading


Support Builds Among American Workers for the “Fair and Open Skies Act”

May 11, 2021

Washington, DC- The list of groups coming out in support of the bipartisan "Fair and Open Skies Act" continues to grow. The bill was introduced by Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA), Vice Chair of the Committee Sharice Davids (D-KS), Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Conor Lamb (D-PA), Representative Kaiali'i Kahele (D-HI), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Highways and … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Carbajal Join Ranking Member Sam Graves on Bipartisan Legislation to Bolster Resiliency of Nation’s Ports

May 07, 2021

The bipartisan Resilient Ports Act would usher in key upgrades to U.S. ports Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), and Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Salud Carbajal (D-CA) introduced legislation to help ensure our nation's ports are resilient to extreme weather events, including sea-level rise and flooding. The bill also … Continue Reading