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Chair DeFazio Reiterates Opposition to “Short-Sighted” Federal Gas Tax Holiday

June 21, 2022

Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) issued the following statement regarding the benefits of a "gas tax holiday" to bring down gas prices for American families: "As discussions on possibly suspending the federal gas tax continue, I urge my colleagues to see this for what it is: a short-sighted proposal that relies on the cooperation of oil companies to pass on miniscule savings to consumers - the same oil companies … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Carper, Colleagues File Amicus Brief Ahead of Supreme Court Case Aiming to Weaken Clean Water Protections

June 17, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Tom Carper (D-DE) submitted an amicus brief alongside 165 current and former Members of Congress to the U.S. Supreme Court, in the case of Sackett v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).In the amicus brief, the lawmakers assert that the Court, which will start its October 2022 term with this challenge from … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Titus Announce Hearing on Risk to General Services Administration Buildings, Including New Space Trends Post-COVID-19

June 17, 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, "Capital Investment Program: Identifying Risk to GSA Facilities." At the hearing, members will hear from the General Services Administration's Public Buildings Commissioner regarding risks to GSA facilities including chronic underfunding, the … Continue Reading


Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Advances Several Bills, Including Bill to Enhance the Safety of Foreign Repair Stations

June 15, 2022

Washington, DC - Today, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure approved a slate of legislation during a committee markup. The legislation is now ready for consideration on the House floor. "I am pleased that my committee passed bills today to strengthen the aviation sector and to help communities survive and recover from natural disasters. I'm particularly pleased my bill, the Safe Aircraft Maintenance Standards Act, now known as the Global Aircraft Maintenance Safety … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio and Vice Chair Davids Applaud House Passage of Legislation to Coordinate on New Aviation Technology

June 14, 2022

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Vice Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Sharice Davids (D-KS) applauded the House passage of the Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act, a bill within the jurisdiction of the committee. "Today, the House passed legislation that will help ensure a safe and thriving future for the aviation industry in the U.S.," Chair DeFazio said. "The … Continue Reading


House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to Hold Markup

June 14, 2022

Washington, DC - The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a markup on Wednesday, June 15, at 10:00 a.m. EDT to consider the following measures: Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (ANS) to H.R 7321, Safe Aircraft Maintenance Standards ActH.R. 8049 American Aerospace Supply Chain Resiliency, Innovation, and AdvancementAct of 2022Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute (ANS) to H.R. 1468, Securities and Exchange Commission Real Estate Leasing Authority Revocation … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Payne, Jr. Statements from Hearing on Freight Rail Safety

June 14, 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 Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) during today's hearing titled, "Examining Freight Rail Safety."Video of Payne, Jr.'s opening statements can be found here. More information on the hearing can be found here.Chair DeFazio:I thank the chair for calling … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Applaud House Passage of Legislation to Foster Aviation Innovation

June 13, 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) applauded the House passage of the Advanced Aviation Infrastructure Modernization (AAIM) Act. "Tonight, the House passed the Advanced Aviation Infrastructure Modernization Act to invest in the development of America's aviation future," Chair DeFazio said. "This legislation will help states and local communities to leverage … Continue Reading


Congress Approves Shipping Reform Legislation to Help Ease Supply Chain Challenges

June 13, 2022

Washington, DC - Today, 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 Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) applauded House passage of S. 3580, the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022, sending it to the President for his signature. This bipartisan and bicameral legislation was based on H.R. 4996, which passed the House in December, and will take key steps toward … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Payne, Jr. Announce Hearing on Freight Rail Safety

June 10, 2022

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 Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) announced the subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "Examining Freight Rail Safety." The purpose of this hearing is for members to learn about the current state of freight rail safety, in addition to hearing testimony on how to keep rail workers and our rail system safe. More … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Applaud House Passage of Bipartisan Water Resources Development Act of 2022

June 08, 2022

With the passage of WRDA 2022, Congress continues the tradition of enacting bipartisan WRDAs on a biennial basis to invest in America's water resources infrastructure Washington, D.C. - 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) applaud House passage of the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022. WRDA 2022 will improve the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Norton Statements from Hearing on Highway Safety

June 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 Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) during today's hearing titled, "Addressing the Roadway Safety Crisis: Building Safer Roads for All." Video of DeFazio and Norton's opening statements are here and here. More information on the hearing can be found here. Chair DeFazio: Thank … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Norton Announce Hearing on Highway Safety

June 03, 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, "Addressing the Roadway Safety Crisis: Building Safer Roads for All." The hearing will examine the current state of America's highways and explore programs from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that will improve safety. More information about the … Continue Reading


Reps. DeFazio, Napolitano, and Huffman Applaud EPA Action to Permanently Protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine Project

May 25, 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), and Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) released the following statements after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a revised Proposed Determination to block the Pebble Mine Project in Bristol Bay, Alaska-an important step to permanently protecting the region from harmful development. Chair … Continue Reading


WRDA 2022 Passes Out of Committee on a Bipartisan Vote, Heads to House Floor

May 18, 2022

Washington, D.C. - Today, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure voted to advance the Water Resources Development Act of 2022 (WRDA) out of committee, and it now heads to the House floor for a vote. This legislation provides authority for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to carry out water resources development projects and studies. Passing WRDA is key to preserving our nation's economy, strengthening U.S. and international commerce, protecting our communities and … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Napolitano’s Opening Statements From Markup of the Water Resources Development Act

May 18, 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 committee markup of the Water Resources Development Act of 2022.Videos of opening statements from DeFazio and Napolitano can be found here and here.More information on the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Norton Statement on 16-Year High Traffic Fatalities

May 17, 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) issued the following statement in response after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released an early estimate of traffic fatalities for 2021. At an estimated 42,915 deaths, the number represents a 16-year high and a 10.5% increase in fatalities from 2020. "The staggering … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Statements from Hearing on Mitigating Climate Change at U.S. Airports

May 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, "Preparing for Take-Off: Examining Efforts to Address Climate Change at U.S. Airports." 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, … Continue Reading


House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to Hold Markup

May 17, 2022

Washington, DC - The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a markup on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. EDT to consider the following measure: ANS to H.R. 7776, Water Resources Development Act of 2022 and Other 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 Transportation and … Continue Reading


Committee Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Water Resources Development Act of 2022

May 17, 2022

Bill Text | Section by Section Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA), and Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Ranking Member David Rouzer (R-NC) released the following statements after yesterday's introduction of the Water Resources … Continue Reading