Press Releases

T&I Committee Leaders’ Questions to FAA Administrator Whitaker on Boeing 737 MAX 9 Accident & FAA Oversight

February 02, 2024

In a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Whitaker, who is scheduled to testify before the House Aviation Subcommittee on Tuesday, February 6th, the bipartisan leaders of the Aviation Subcommittee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee outlined several questions the Administrator should be prepared to answer related to the January 5th rapid depressurization accident involving a Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft. The letter was sent by Transportation and … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen, Payne, Jr., Stanton Statements Following T&I Committee Markup

January 31, 2024

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ), and Vice Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Greg Stanton (D-AZ) released the following statements after the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure passed four bills.“I applaud the bipartisan bills that advanced during … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen, Payne, Jr. Applaud Norfolk Southern’s Commitment to FRA Confidential Close Call Reporting System

January 30, 2024

WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) applauded the announcement that Norfolk Southern will become the first Class I to join a pilot program of the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Confidential Close Call Reporting System, which allows railroad employees to report close calls."Nearly a year ago, … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen, Carbajal Statements from Hearing on Rising Conflicts in the Red Sea

January 30, 2024

Washington, D.C. — The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Salud Carbajal (D-CA) during today’s hearing titled, “Menace on the Red Sea: Securing Shipping Against Threats in the Red Sea.”Video of Larsen and Carbajal’s opening statements can be found here and here.More information on the hearing … Continue Reading


Committee Leaders’ Statement on the FAA’s Ungrounding of Boeing MAX-9 Aircraft

January 25, 2024

Joint statement of Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Rick Larsen (D-WA), Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Garret Graves (R-LA), and Aviation Subcommittee Ranking Member Steve Cohen (D-TN) on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) announced ungrounding of the Boeing MAX-9 aircraft: “Safety is and always will be our highest priority for the aviation system.  The United States and the FAA remain … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Larsen Applauds Billions in Infrastructure Investments Thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

January 25, 2024

WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation for selecting 37 projects to receive $4.9 billion in funding that will help move freight and people across the country more safely and efficiently. “The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law continues to provide transformative funding for communities across the country to upgrade their transportation infrastructure,” Ranking Member Larsen … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Larsen Applauds Investments in EV Infrastructure, Made Possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

January 18, 2024

WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) applauded the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for awarding nearly $150 million to 24 grant recipients to upgrade or replace nearly 4,500 electric vehicle (EV) chargers.“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law continues to build and rebuild EV infrastructure to make electric vehicles more accessible for drivers, while reducing pollution and creating jobs,” Ranking Member Larsen … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen, Payne, Jr. Statements from Hearing on Railroad Grade Crossing Elimination and Safety

January 18, 2024

Washington, D.C. — The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ), during today’s hearing, titled, “Oversight and Examination of Railroad Grade Crossing Elimination and Safety.”Video of Larsen’s and Payne, Jr.’s opening statements can be found here and here.More … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Larsen Statement from Hearing on the State of Transportation

January 17, 2024

Washington, D.C.—The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) during today’s hearing titled, “The State of Transportation.”Video of Larsen’s opening statement is here.More information on the hearing can be found here.Ranking Member Larsen:Thank you, Chairman Rouzer, for holding this hearing on the “State of Transportation.”This Committee has a great story to tell when it comes to … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen, Napolitano Statements from Hearing on Member Priorities for WRDA 2024

January 11, 2024

Washington, D.C. — The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Ranking Member 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 2024: Members’ Day Hearing.”More information on the hearing can be found here.Ranking Member Larsen:I’d like to welcome everyone to our … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Larsen Applauds Funding for EV Charging, Thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

January 11, 2024

Washington, D.C.— Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) issued the following statement after the Federal Highway Administration announced over $622 million in funding through the Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) grant program. This funding will support 47 projects across the country to create publicly accessible electric vehicle (EV) charging. “Today’s funding will help advance generational change on our roadways, … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Larsen Statement Following SCOTUS Decision on Pebble Mine Lawsuit

January 09, 2024

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision to not hear the state of Alaska’s lawsuit attempting to overturn the Biden Administration’s actions to block the Pebble Mine project and protect the Bristol Bay watershed. Today’s decision will require Alaska’s lawsuit to follow the normal federal appeals process. “The Supreme Court’s decision … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Larsen Statement on Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 Incident

January 08, 2024

Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) released the following statement on the Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 incident. “Safety must come first for our aviation system, which is why I’m pleased that NTSB has already announced an investigation into the incident in Portland,” Ranking Member Larsen said. “I also support the FAA’s decision to issue an airworthiness directive grounding this subset of planes until they can be … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen, Napolitano Statements from Hearing on Stakeholder Priorities for WRDA 2024

December 13, 2023

Washington, D.C. — The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Ranking Member 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 2024: Stakeholder Priorities.”Videos of opening statements from Larsen and Napolitano can be found here and here.More information on … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Larsen Applauds Funding for Safer Streets, Thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

December 13, 2023

Washington, D.C.— Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced over $817 million in funding for this year’s second round of Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) grants.“Today’s funding helps advance 385 projects making roadways across the country safer and more accessible for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers,” Ranking Member Larsen said. “In … Continue Reading


Reps. Larsen, Cohen, Stanton and T&I Democrats Send Letter to Airlines Regarding Wheelchair Mishandling

December 13, 2023

Washington, D.C.—Yesterday, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Aviation Steve Cohen (D-TN), Vice Ranking Member of the Committee Greg Stanton (D-AZ), and all Democratic Committee Members sent a letter to Airlines for America (A4A) President and CEO Nicholas Calio expressing concern and dismay regarding the continued trend of mishandled wheelchairs and scooters, most recently on display in a video … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen, Norton Statements from Hearing on Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Implementation

December 13, 2023

Washington, D.C.—The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) during today’s hearing titled, “Oversight of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: Modal Perspectives.”Video of Larsen and Norton’s opening statements are here and here.More information on the hearing can be … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen, Carbajal Statements from Hearing on Coast Guard National Security Missions

December 12, 2023

Washington, D.C. — The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Salud Carbajal (D-CA) during today’s hearing titled, “Guardians of the Sea: National Security Missions of the United States Coast Guard.”Video of Larsen and Carbajal’s opening statements can be found here and here.More information on the … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Larsen Applauds Transportation Funding for Rural Communities Thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

December 12, 2023

  WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced $645.3 million in funding to improve the safety and reliability of surface transportation infrastructure in rural areas. “From restoring parts of West Bay Shore Drive in Michigan to building a bridge across the Roaring Fork River in Colorado, today’s funding ensures rural communities … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen and Titus Statements from Hearing on GSA’s Site Selection for New FBI Headquarters

December 12, 2023

Washington, D.C. — The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Dina Titus (D-NV) during today’s hearing titled, “Ensuring Transparency in the Federal Government: An Examination of GSA’s Site Selection for the FBI Headquarters.”Video of Larsen’s and Titus’s opening statements … Continue Reading