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Chairs DeFazio, Lipinski Statements from Hearing on Freight and Passenger Rail

March 04, 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: "Funding a Robust Freight and Passenger Rail Network." Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Chairman Lipinski and Ranking Member Crawford, for calling today's hearing to discuss how the Federal … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Statements from Hearing on Airline Passenger Experience

March 03, 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: "The Airline Passenger Experience: What It Is and What It Could Be." Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Chair Larsen, for calling today's hearing on the airline passenger experience-and what it can and should be. I want to start by saying … Continue Reading


Congressional Delegation to Travel to California for Field Roundtable on WRDA

March 02, 2020

Washington, D.C. - For your planning purposes, Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) announced the Subcommittee will meet on Friday, March 6, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. in Baldwin Park, California, to conduct a roundtable on "America's Water Resources Infrastructure: Concepts for the Next Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)." This is the second field roundtable the Subcommittee is hosting in preparation for WRDA 2020. The discussion will focus on … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Lipinski Announce Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Hearing on Freight and Passenger Rail

February 28, 2020

Washington, DC- Today, 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) announced the Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "Funding a Robust Freight and Passenger Rail Network." The hearing will discuss the benefits of both freight and passenger rail, examine the current state of the network, and address the need for continued investment through … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Announce Hearing on Airline Passenger Experience

February 28, 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 "The Airline Passenger Experience: What it Is and What It Can Be." The hearing will examine the U.S. airline passenger experience today, how airlines are working to improve the air travel experience, and opportunities to invest in technologies or innovations that could … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Statements from Members’ Day Hearing on WRDA

February 27, 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 Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) during today's Members' Day Hearing to examine Members' priorities in development of the Water Resources Development Act of 2020 (WRDA). Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Chairwoman Napolitano for holding this hearing and welcome to our … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Call on DOT to Prepare for Coronavirus Impacts on U.S. Travel

February 26, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) today sent a letter to Secretary Elaine Chao of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requesting information on how DOT plans to effectively prepare for the imminent arrival of a pandemic caused by coronavirus COVID-19 on U.S. soil. "…the lack of effective Federal-led coordination and collaboration with industry … Continue Reading


T&I Committee Advances Numerous Bipartisan Bills During Full Committee Markup

February 26, 2020

Washington, DC - Today, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved a slate of bipartisan measures during the first full Committee markup of the new year, including legislation to ensure people who are affected by disasters can promptly access critical assistance, legislation to prevent the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from taking back disaster assistance funds it has mistakenly awarded to victims, and legislation to incentivize the early completion of … Continue Reading


Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to hold Markup

February 24, 2020

Washington, DC- The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a Full Committee markup this Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 10:00 am in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building to consider the following measures: Amending Committee rules Approving revised membership and leadership of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Views and Estimates of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure H. Con. … Continue Reading


Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment to Hold Members’ Day Hearing on Proposals for WRDA 2020

February 21, 2020

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 Members' Day Hearing to examine Members' priorities in development of the Water Resources Development Act of 2020 (WRDA). This hearing is an opportunity for all Members of the House of Representatives to highlight issues of importance in their … Continue Reading


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