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Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Advances Several Bills, Including Bipartisan Legislation to Help Communities Rebuild and Recover After Disaster

October 27, 2021

Washington, DC - Today, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved a slate of legislation during a committee markup, including two bipartisan bills to help communities expedite disaster recovery efforts. Legislation approved during today's markup is now ready for consideration on the House floor. "As climate change continues to drive more frequent and severe extreme weather events, communities are increasingly in need of additional tools to help them rebuild and recover … Continue Reading


T&I Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Communities Prepare for and Respond to Disasters

October 26, 2021

Bill Text Washington, DC - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Dina Titus (D-NV), and Subcommittee Ranking Member Daniel Webster (R-FL) introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen disaster mitigation and resilience programs administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Resilient … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Titus Statements from Hearing to Examine FEMA’s Assistance Programs’ Ability to Help Before, During, and After Wildfires

October 26, 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, "Are FEMA's Assistance Programs Adequately Designed to Assist Communities Before, During, and After Wildfire?" Video of opening remarks from Chairs DeFazio and Titus are here and … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Introduces Legislation to Protect Passengers and Workers from Sexual Assault and Harassment in Transportation

October 25, 2021

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced the Stop Sexual Assault and Harassment in Transportation Act, legislation to help protect passengers and personnel from sexual assault and harassment in different modes of transportation. "When it comes to the transportation of people, safety must always come first, and that includes protecting people from sexual harassment and assault," Chair DeFazio said. "With this … Continue Reading


House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to Hold Markup

October 25, 2021

Washington, DC - The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a markup on Wednesday, October 27th, at 10:00 a.m. EDT to consider the following measures: H.R. 4042, Aviation Funding Stability Act of 2021 H.R. __, Stop Sexual Assault and Harassment in Transportation Act (pending introduction) Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (ANS) to H.R. 1066, Wildfire Recovery Act H.R. 5641, SPEED Recovery Act H.R. 5689, Resilient AMERICA Act H.R.5673, Safeguarding Tomorrow … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Titus Announce Hearing to Examine FEMA’s Assistance Programs Before, During, and After Wildfires

October 22, 2021

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, "Are FEMA's Assistance Programs Adequately Designed to Assist Communities Before, During, and After Wildfire?" During this hearing, committee members will receive testimony from witnesses with expertise in emergency … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Statements from Hearing on the FAA Implementation of the 2020 Aircraft Certification, Safety, and Accountability Act

October 21, 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 Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) during today's hearing titled, "Three Years After Lion Air 610: FAA Implementation of the 2020 Aircraft Certification, Safety, and Accountability Act." Videos of DeFazio and Larsen's opening statements are here and here. More information on the hearing can be … Continue Reading


Sam Graves & Bipartisan Committee Leaders Introduce the SPEED Recovery Act for Faster Disaster Recovery

October 20, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Bipartisan legislation to help expedite disaster recovery efforts, particularly in small and rural areas, was introduced today by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO) in the House of Representatives. Joining Graves as co-leads on the bill are Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR); Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee Ranking Member Daniel Webster (R-FL); and … Continue Reading


Chair Carbajal Statement from Hearing on Positioning the U.S. Coast Guard for the Future

October 20, 2021

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Salud Carbajal (D-CA) during today's hearing titled, "Achieving Mission Balance: Positioning the Coast Guard for the Future." Video of Chair Carbajal's opening statement is here. More information on the hearing can be found here. Chair Carbajal: Good morning, and welcome to today's Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation subcommittee … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Napolitano, and Pappas Applaud the EPA’s Proactive Plan to Fight PFAS Pollution in Nation’s Waters

October 18, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Today, in response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcing a proactive plan to reduce polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) pollution in the nation's waters, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA), and Representative Chris Pappas (D-NH) issued the following statements: "The plan the EPA announced today is the clearest … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Announce Hearing on FAA Implementation of the 2020 Aircraft Certification, Safety, and Accountability Act

October 18, 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 hearing titled, "Three Years After Lion Air 610: FAA Implementation of the 2020 Aircraft Certification, Safety, and Accountability Act." During this hearing, Members will have an opportunity to discuss the ongoing work within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to implement … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement on Federal Indictment of Boeing’s Former 737 MAX Technical Pilot Mark Forkner

October 15, 2021

Washington, DC - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement: "Senior leaders throughout Boeing are responsible for the culture of concealment that ultimately led to the 737 MAX crashes and the death of 346 innocent people-Mark Forkner's indictment should not be the end of the accountability for this colossal and tragic failure," Chair DeFazio said. "The FAA must work urgently to implement the bipartisan legislation … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Carbajal Announce Hearing on Positioning the U.S. Coast Guard for the Future

October 15, 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, "Achieving Mission Balance: Positioning the Coast Guard for the Future." This hearing will examine how the U.S. Coast Guard allocates hours and resources among its multiple statutory missions, as well as how it measures mission … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Carbajal Statement on Sexual Assault Allegations at the United States Merchant Marine Academy and Aboard Training Vessels

October 13, 2021

Washington, D.C. - 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) issued the following statement regarding allegations of rape and sexual harassment of students at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and aboard training vessels: "We must have zero tolerance when it comes to sexual assault," Chairs DeFazio and Carbajal said. "This pattern of abuse in the maritime … Continue Reading


DeFazio and Cohen Urge President Biden to Reopen and Reexamine U.S. Army Corps’ Nationwide Permits

October 13, 2021

T&I Members to Biden: "[Nationwide Permits] should be based on sound science, with abundant stakeholder input-including robust input from the states-and include considerations of climate change impacts and the environmental justice goals of your administration" Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN) urged President Biden to ensure protection of clean water by reopening and … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Carbajal, and Payne, Jr. Statements on Critical Federal Steps Taken Following Oil Spill in Southern California

October 08, 2021

Washington, D.C. - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Salud Carbajal (D-CA), and Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) issued the following statements on the critical steps taken by the federal government following an oil spill off the coast of Southern California: "The recent oil spill in Southern California … Continue Reading


DeLauro, DeFazio, McGovern, and Kildee Urge EPA Administrator Regan to Fully Address PFAS Pollution

October 06, 2021

Letter Comes as EPA Prepares Multiyear PFAS Strategy WASHINGTON, DC - House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03), House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR-04), House Rules Committee Chairman James McGovern (D-MA-02), and Co-Chair of the Congressional PFAS Task Force Daniel Kildee (D-MI-05) today sent a letter to the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan urging him to comprehensively address … Continue Reading


Chair Napolitano Statement from Hearing on Emerging Contaminants, Forever Chemicals, and More: Challenges to Water Quality and Public Health

October 06, 2021

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) during today's hearing titled, "Emerging Contaminants, Forever Chemicals, and More: Challenges to Water Quality, Public Health, and Communities." Video of Chair Napolitano's opening statement is here. More information on the hearing can be found here. Chair Napolitano: Today's hearing has been a long time coming. This … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement on 30-Day Surface Transportation Extension

October 01, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to extend the authorization of current surface transportation programs for 30 days. "Today's extension protects thousands of Department of Transportation employees and will keep important projects on schedule," Chair DeFazio said. "Now we will continue our work to pass the Build Back Better … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Announce Hearing on Emerging Contaminants, Forever Chemicals, and Challenges to Water Quality, Public Health, and Communities

October 01, 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) announced that the subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "Emerging Contaminants, Forever Chemicals, and More: Challenges to Water Quality, Public Health, and Communities." The hearing will examine various perspectives on emerging contaminants, so-called forever chemicals, and their impacts … Continue Reading