Press Releases

Reps. Larsen and DeSaulnier Applaud House Passage of NOTAM Improvement Act

May 22, 2023

  Washington, DC – Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) and Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) applauded passage of the NOTAM Improvement Act of 2023. “This winter’s NOTAM outage, which caused mass flight cancellations and delays, demonstrated the need to invest in technology to maintain America’s gold standard in aviation safety and reliably get Americans where they need to be,” Ranking Member Larsen … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen, Payne, Jr., and T&I Colleagues to Chair Graves: Hold a Rail Safety Hearing

May 22, 2023

Washington, D.C. -Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Ranking Member Rick Larsen (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ), Vice Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Valerie Foushee (D-NC), Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-OH) and 26 additional T&I Members sent a letter urging the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Graves to … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen, Titus Statements from Hearing on FEMA Disaster Preparedness and Response

May 17, 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, "The Impacts of FEMA's Strategic Plan on Disaster Preparedness and Response." Video of Larsen's and Titus' opening statements are here and here. More … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen, Napolitano Statements from Hearing on Protecting the Clean Water Act

May 16, 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, "The Next Fifty Years of the Clean Water Act: Examining the Law and Infrastructure Project Completion." Videos of opening statements from Larsen and Napolitano can be found here and … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Larsen on Infrastructure Week: “Every day is infrastructure day”

May 16, 2023

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) released the following statement as "Infrastructure Week" gets underway. "Every day is infrastructure day in the Second District of Washington state and in communities across the country," Ranking Member Larsen said. "Eighteen months after passage, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is putting Americans to work restoring our infrastructure and preparing our economy to compete … Continue Reading


Rep. Payne, Jr. Introduces Bill to Give Rail Workers Paid Sick Leave

May 11, 2023

Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr., Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials for the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, introduced a bill today to provide seven days of paid sick leave to railroad workers. The bill, the Freight Rail Workforce Health and Safety Act, would allow rail employees to care for their health or the health of a family member without using their allotted vacation time. The bill would allow railroad workers to have a … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen, Payne, Jr. Statements from Hearing on Freight Rail Supply Chain Challenges

May 11, 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 Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ), during today’s hearing, titled, “Getting Back on Track: Exploring Rail Supply Chain Resilience and Challenges.” Video of Larsen’s and Payne, Jr.’s opening … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen, Carbajal Statements from Hearing on Coast Guard and Maritime Workforce Challenges

May 11, 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, "Assessing the Shortage of United States Mariners and Recruitment and Retention in the United States Coast Guard." Video of Larsen and Carbajal's opening statements can be found here … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen, Norton Statements from Hearing on Overcoming Supply Chain Challenges

May 10, 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, “Freight Forward: Overcoming Supply Chain Challenges to Deliver for America.” Video of Larsen and Norton’s opening statements are here and here. More … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Larsen Applauds $703 Million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to Replace Rail Vehicles

May 05, 2023

EVERETT, WA- Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) issued the following statement after the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced $703 million for six projects through the new Rail Vehicle Replacement Program. With this funding, transit agencies will be able to replace rail cars, improving reliability and safety. "Communities around the country need modern, upgraded infrastructure and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is … Continue Reading


T&I Committee Approves Bipartisan Coast Guard Authorization Legislation

April 26, 2023

Today, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved H.R. 2741, the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2023, which will strengthen, support, and authorize funding for the United States Coast Guard, one of the Nation's six armed services, for its critical missions to safeguard the Nation's borders, facilitate maritime commerce, and ensure maritime safety. The bipartisan legislation was introduced on April 20th by T&I Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), T&I Committee Ranking … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Larsen’s Statement on Acting Administrator Billy Nolen’s Departure from the FAA

April 21, 2023

Everett, WA - Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) released the following statement after Acting Administrator Billy Nolen announced he would be leaving the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). "Billy Nolen has served admirably in his roles as Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety and as Acting Administrator of the entire agency for the last year," Ranking Member Larsen said. "The FAA Administrator position is an … Continue Reading


T&I Committee Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Coast Guard Authorization Bill

April 20, 2023

Washington, D.C. - The leaders of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee today introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen, support, and authorize funding for the United States Coast Guard, one of the Nation's six armed services, for its critical missions to safeguard the Nation's borders, facilitate maritime commerce, and ensure maritime safety. The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2023 authorizes appropriations for … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Larsen’s Statement on the Passing of Former Chairman Bud Shuster

April 19, 2023

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) released the following statement following the announcement of Congressman and former Chair of the Committee Bud Shuster's passing. "Chairman Bud Shuster was a force on Capitol Hill for America's transportation system. His deep understanding of policy, willingness to work across the aisle, and ambitious vision for our country's infrastructure allowed him to notch impressive … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen, Cohen Statements from FAA Reauthorization Hearing on Aviation Workforce

April 19, 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 Aviation Steve Cohen (D-TN), during today's hearing titled, "FAA Reauthorization: Examining the Current and Future Challenges Facing the Aerospace Workforce." Video of Larsen's and Cohen's opening statements can be found here and here. More information on the hearing can be … Continue Reading


ICYMI: Ranking Member Larsen Defends President Biden’s WOTUS Rule on House Floor

April 18, 2023

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) defended President Biden's veto of H.J. Res. 27, the House Republican resolution which would overturn vital clean water protections and threaten the economic and environmental health of communities around the country. To view the video, click here. Read the full remarks, as written, below: Clean water is critical for the health and safety of our communities and our … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen, Carbajal Statements from Hearing on Coast Guard’s 2024 Budget

April 18, 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, "Review of Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Request for the Coast Guard." Video of Carbajal's opening statements can be found here. More information on the hearing can be found … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen, Norton Applaud $296 Million for Bridge Investment from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

April 13, 2023

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) applauded the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) announcement of $295.7 million for the Bridge Investment Program, made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The program is providing critical resources for nine bridge projects across the country. "The $296 million awarded to … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Larsen Echoes Federal Railroad Administration Safety Concerns

April 10, 2023

Washington, D.C. -Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) echoed the safety concerns outlined in the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)'s Safety Advisory on Train Makeup and Operation Safety Concerns. "Increasingly longer trains-a trend the railroad industry has pursued for years-combined with inadequate rail car placement has contributed to derailments that put communities at risk," Ranking Member Larsen said. "I echo the FRA's … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Larsen Celebrates New Safer Streets Grant Opportunities from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

March 30, 2023

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) applauded the announcement for the next round of Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) grants. This funding helps communities implement initiatives that prevent roadway fatalities and injuries. "We are building a cleaner, greener, safer and more accessible transportation system in America, and today's news that $1 billion in Safe Streets grants will be made available is a shot … Continue Reading