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Chairs DeFazio, Titus Statements from Hearing on FEMA Stakeholder Priorities for 2022

February 16, 2022

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, "FEMA Priorities for 2022: Stakeholder Perspectives."Video of opening remarks from Chairs DeFazio and Titus are here and here.More information on the hearing can be found … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement at STB Hearing on Restoring Gulf Coast Intercity Passenger Rail Service

February 15, 2022

Washington, D.C. - The following are remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) at the Surface Transportation Board's public hearing on Amtrak's petition to restore Gulf Coast intercity passenger rail service between New Orleans, Louisiana and Mobile, Alabama.Video of Chair DeFazio's statement can be found here.Chair DeFazio:Chairman Oberman, Vice Chair Schultz, Members of the Board, thank you for allowing me … Continue Reading


T&I Chairs Request DOT OIG Review of FAA’s Oversight of Boeing’s Apparent 737 MAX Misconduct

February 15, 2022

DeFazio and Larsen's call for OIG investigation comes after the FAA failed to adequately respond to concerns raised in November 2021 letter Washington, DC - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) requested the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General (DOT OIG) to review the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) refusal to exercise proper oversight over … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Titus Announce Hearing on FEMA Stakeholder Priorities for 2022

February 11, 2022

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 a hearing titled, "FEMA Priorities for 2022: Stakeholder Perspectives."At the hearing, members will hear from emergency management experts representing key external FEMA stakeholders regarding their perspectives on what the agency should prioritize this … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Napolitano, and García Press Army Corps to Finalize Implementation of Modernized Project Guidelines—Key to Advancing Equity and Environmental Justice

February 11, 2022

Washington, DC - 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 Congressman Jesús G. "Chuy" García (D-IL) yesterday pressed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to finalize its implementation of modernized Principles, Requirements, and Guidelines (PR&G)-the criteria that the Corps uses to evaluate the benefits of a project.In the Water … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Statements from Hearing on Stakeholder Priorities for WRDA 2022

February 08, 2022

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 Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) during today's hearing titled, "Proposals for a Water Resources Development Act of 2022: Stakeholder Priorities."Videos of opening statements from DeFazio and Napolitano can be found hereand here.More information on the hearing can be … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano, and Beyer Lead 117 House Colleagues in Urging the Biden Administration to Finalize Science-Based Clean Water Rule

February 08, 2022

Washington, DC - 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), Chair of the Joint Economic Committee Don Beyer (D-VA) and 117 representatives yesterday wrote to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) urging them to swiftly restore science-based safeguards to protect America's waters and wetlands. In November … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Announce Hearing on Stakeholder Priorities for WRDA 2022

February 04, 2022

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, "Proposals for a Water Resources Development Act of 2022: Stakeholder Priorities." During this hearing, members will hear from state and local officials, Tribal groups, and other stakeholders regarding priorities for a new Water … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Statements from Subcommittee Hearing on 5G Deployment and its Effects on Aviation Safety

February 03, 2022

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, "Finding the Right Frequency: 5G Deployment & Aviation Safety." Videos of DeFazio and Larsen's opening statements are here and here. More information on the hearing can be found here. Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Chair Larsen, … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Norton Statements from Hearing on Automated Vehicles

February 02, 2022

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 Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) during today's hearing titled, "The Road Ahead for Automated Vehicles." Video of DeFazio and Norton's opening statements are here and here. More information on the hearing can be found here. Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Madam Chair, for … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Norton Announce Automated Vehicles Hearing

January 28, 2022

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced the subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "The Road Ahead for Automated Vehicles." The hearing will explore the infrastructure, safety, workforce, and other impacts of the deployment of automated vehicles. "As automated vehicles become more integrated into our lives and economy, Congress … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Larsen Announce Hearing Next Week on 5G Deployment and its Effects on Aviation Safety

January 27, 2022

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, "Finding the Right Frequency: 5G Deployment & Aviation Safety."During this hearing, members will have an opportunity to discuss the impact that deployment of 5G technologies has on the aviation industry with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Stephen … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Larsen Statement on Latest 5G Voluntary Agreement

January 18, 2022

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) released the following joint statement after AT&T and Verizon voluntarily agreed to delay the deployment of 5G around some U.S. airports. "Today's voluntary agreement by AT&T and Verizon to temporarily delay 5G implementation around some U.S. airports is good news and will do a tremendous amount of good to prevent … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Larsen Call for Targeted Delay of 5G Deployment

January 17, 2022

Statements from the T&I chairs follow calls from airlines for immediate intervention to prevent significant disruptions to the economy and passenger safety 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) released the following statements calling for targeted delays of 5G deployment near U.S. airport runways until the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) can … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Celebrates Largest Bridge Investment in American History Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

January 14, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement after the Federal Highway Administration launched the largest bridge formula program in American history made possible by the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which DeFazio led to passage in the House. "With over 44,000 bridges in poor condition around our country, today's announcement of $27.5 billion in long-overdue funding is great … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Statements from Hearing on the Administration’s Priorities for WRDA 2022

January 12, 2022

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 Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) during today's hearing titled, "Proposals for a Water Resources Development Act of 2022: Administration Priorities." Videos of opening statements from DeFazio and Napolitano can be found here and here. More information on the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Announce Hearing on the Administration’s Priorities for WRDA 2022

January 07, 2022

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 the subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "Proposals for a Water Resources Development Act of 2022: Administration Priorities." This hearing will initiate the committee process for the development of Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) legislation for 2022. It will also provide … Continue Reading


In New Letter to FCC, Chair DeFazio Continues to Express “Deep Reservations” About Scheduled 5G Deployment

January 03, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) urged Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel to immediately delay deployment of 5G technologies until the aviation safety concerns raised by the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the aviation industry have been adequately addressed. This letter comes on the heels of DeFazio supporting Airlines for … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement on Airlines for America’s Emergency Petition to Stay 5G Deployment

December 31, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement after Airlines for America filed an emergency petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to stay the deployment of 5G technologies, which is scheduled for January 5, 2022, around certain designated airports. "In light of the fast-approaching deadline for deployment, Airlines for America has taken the prudent step of filing an … Continue Reading


Thompson, DeFazio, Watson Coleman, Larsen Write Airlines to Urge Them to Require and Pay for Crew Members to Attend TSA’s Self Defense Program

December 22, 2021

December 22, 2021 (WASHINGTON) - Committee on Homeland Security Chair Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Transportation & Maritime Security Subcommittee Chair Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), and Aviation Subcommittee Chair Rick Larsen (D-WA) sent letters to four major airlines urging them to require their crew members to attend TSA's Crew Member Self Defense Program so that they are equipped with the necessary skills to deter … Continue Reading