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Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Statements from Hearing on Aviation and Accessibility

November 17, 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, “Accessible Air Travel: Addressing Challenges for Passengers with Disabilities.”Videos of DeFazio and Larsen’s opening statements are here and here. More information on the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Urge Federal Agencies to Enhance Permitting Review Process to Protect Public Health and U.S. Waters

November 15, 2022

Washington, DC - 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) urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to incorporate additional scrutiny and analysis in reviewing permit applications to preserve human health and the health of U.S. waters and wetlands. "As the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Larsen Announce Hearing on Accessibility in Aviation

November 10, 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, "Accessible Air Travel: Addressing Challenges for Passengers with Disabilities." During this hearing, members will discuss the entire travel experience for passengers with disabilities including check in, security, flights, and baggage claim. More information about the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Pallone, Payne, Jr., and Rush Urge PHMSA to Continue Implementation of Pipeline Safety Laws

November 02, 2022

Committee Leaders: "We write to support the efforts of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to focus on implementing the new pipeline safety mandates and outstanding requirements from previous reauthorizations, and to encourage you to continue this work." WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Chair of the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Napolitano Release Committee Report on Pebble Mine—Ask the AG to Investigate False Statements to Congress

October 28, 2022

Report uses internal company documents and communications to demonstrate clear-cut deception from Pebble LP in their push to build an open pit mine in the world’s largest salmon habitat at Bristol Bay  The Chairs will also ask EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to revise their regulations and guidelines to crack down on sham permitting and project segmentation Washington, D.C.—Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and … Continue Reading


Bipartisan T&I Committee Leaders Demand Answers from Biden Administration on “Novel and Problematic” Jones Act Waiver

October 21, 2022

Washington, DC - Today Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Salud Carbajal (D-CA), and Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Ranking Member Bob Gibbs (R-OH) wrote to the Secretary of Homeland Security and Secretary of Transportation expressing concern with the Jones Act waivers … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Napolitano, Dingell, Beyer, and 85 Colleagues Commemorate the Clean Water Act On Its 50th Anniversary

October 18, 2022

Washington, DC - Today, 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), Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Representative Don Beyer (D-VA), and 85 House Members jointly announced a resolution honoring the Clean Water Act (CWA) on its 50th anniversary of protecting American waterways. "In all my years of public service I have never once had a constituent tell me … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement on Final Flight Attendant Rest Rule

October 04, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced its final rule on flight attendant duty and rest time. "I thank the FAA for announcing its long overdue final rule on flight attendant duty and rest requirements, which has been a critical missing piece to ensure the safety of those who fly. After a nearly four-year delay, flight attendants-who operate … Continue Reading


T&I Chair DeFazio Calls on Interferry Conference to Remove Panelist with Record of Labor Malpractice

September 29, 2022

Washington, DC - Today, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) called on Mike Corrigan, Chief Executive Officer, Interferry, to remove Peter Hebblethwaite as a panelist for the Interferry Conference due to his illegal and unbecoming actions. "Mr. Hebblethwaite laid off 800 employees virtually, replaced them with cheap labor well below the United Kingdom's (UK) minimum wage, and broke UK law," DeFazio wrote. "He was voted Europe's worst employer by … Continue Reading


House Passes T&I Legislation, Including DeFazio Bill to Strengthen Global Aviation Standards

September 29, 2022

Washington, DC- This week, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) applauded the House passage of four bills under the jurisdiction of the committee, including his bill, the Global Aircraft Maintenance Safety Improvement Act. Chair DeFazio also joined Rep. André Carson (D-IN) in applauding the passage of Carson's bill, the National Center for the Advancement of Aviation Act of 2022. "I am pleased my bill, the Global Aircraft Maintenance … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio, 69 Other House Members, Urge Airline Carriers to Invest in Improved Service, Not Stock Buybacks

September 29, 2022

Washington, D.C. - Today, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and 69 other House Members sent a letter to Nicholas Calio, President and CEO, Airlines for America; Faye Malarkey Black, President and CEO, Regional Airlines Association; and George Novak, President, National Air Carrier Association; urging their members to refrain from initiating stock buybacks as the Payroll Support Program's (PSP) ban on them expires on September 30, 2022. In the … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement from Hearing on the Transformative Impact of Legislation Passed by the 117th Congress

September 29, 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) during today's hearing titled, "Investing in our Nation's Transportation Infrastructure and Workers: Why it Matters." Video of DeFazio's opening statement is here. More information on the hearing can be found here. Chair DeFazio: Today's hearing gives us the chance to hear from stakeholders about the impacts of … Continue Reading


DeFazio To Federal Transit Administration: Aggressively Enforce ‘Buy America’ Provisions

September 28, 2022

Washington, D.C. - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) today wrote the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regarding the enforcement of "Buy America" provisions within their jurisdiction. "One of the greatest threats to a strong U.S. transportation manufacturing sector is the rise of predatory Chinese state-owned and -supported enterprises, which rely on government-subsidized, below-market pricing to drive legitimate competitors out of … Continue Reading


House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to Hold Markup

September 28, 2022

Washington, DC - The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a markup on Thursday, September 29, at 9:50 a.m. EDT to consider the following measure: General Services Administration's Capital Investment and Leasing Program ResolutionandOther matters cleared for consideration Members will appear by videoconference or in person in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Additional details can be found here once available. The markup will be livestreamed through the House … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Announces Full Committee Hearing on the Transformative Impact of Legislation Passed by the 117th Congress

September 23, 2022

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) announced the committee will hold a hearing titled, "Investing in our Nation's Transportation Infrastructure and Workers: Why it Matters." The purpose of this hearing is for Members to hear from stakeholders on how the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 have impacted American families, workers, and … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Statements from Hearing on the Clean Water Act Ahead of Its 50th Anniversary

September 20, 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, “The Clean Water Act at Fifty: Highlights and Lessons Learned from a Half Century of Transformative Legislation.”  Videos of opening statements from DeFazio and … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Announce Hearing on the Clean Water Act Ahead of Its 50th Anniversary

September 16, 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, "The Clean Water Act at Fifty: Highlights and Lessons Learned from a Half Century of Transformative Legislation." This hearing will provide members the opportunity to examine the Clean Water Act (CWA) on its 50th anniversary, as well as … Continue Reading


Chair Titus’ Statement from Hearing on Recovery Status Five Years Post Hurricanes Irma and Maria

September 15, 2022

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Dina Titus (D-NV) during today's hearing titled, "Recovery Update: Status of FEMA Recovery Efforts in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands 5 Years After Hurricanes Irma & Maria." Video of opening remarks from Chair Titus can be found here. More information on the hearing can be found here.Chair Titus:I'd like to … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Statement on Tentative Rail Agreement

September 15, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement: "Today's tentative agreement between rail workers and the railroads is a major accomplishment for workers who have fought for and won better pay-the highest wage increase in over 45 years-improved working conditions, and the sick days they need to see their doctors without penalty. At a time when the railroads reap record profits, it is confounding … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Titus Statement on House Passage of T&I Legislation, Including Bills to Help Prepare for Natural Disasters

September 14, 2022

Washington, DC - This week, the House of Representatives passed six bills within the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management with bipartisan support. "I applaud the House for passing several critical pieces of legislation that will help us address climate change and improve how states and territories are able to respond to natural disasters like wildfires," Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) said. … Continue Reading