Press Releases

Ranking Members Larsen, Carbajal Statements from Hearing on Coast Guard Drug Interdiction, Migration and Illegal Fishing Enforcement

November 14, 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: Examining Coast Guard Efforts in Drug Enforcement, Illegal Migration, and IUU Fishing.”Video of Larsen and Carbajal’s opening statements can be … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Larsen Applauds Northeast Corridor Rail Investments Funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

November 06, 2023

  Washington, D.C.— Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) applauded the announcement of more than $16 billion in funding for 25 rail projects across seven states and the District of Columbia. This funding, part of the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Northeast Corridor Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail (FSP-NEC) grant awards, can be used to reduce repair backlogs, improve performance, and expand or … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Larsen Statement on Safer Streets Grants from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

October 27, 2023

Washington, D.C.— Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) applauded the announcement of Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) planning grants. This funding helps communities develop strategies to prevent roadway fatalities and injuries.  “Communities across the country can look forward to more than $82 million to help advance 235 projects that will make roads safer and more accessible,” Ranking Member Rick Larsen said. “Traffic … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Larsen Statement on Confirmation of Michael Whitaker to Lead the Federal Aviation Administration

October 24, 2023

  Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA), released the following statement following Senate confirmation of Michael Whitaker to lead the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).“Congratulations to Michael Whitaker on his confirmation as the new leader of the Federal Aviation Administration,” Ranking Member Larsen said. “I look forward to working with him to build a safer, cleaner, greener and more accessible aviation … Continue Reading


Support for Clean Water Act of 2023 Grows

October 24, 2023

Washington, D.C. - The Clean Water Act of 2023, introduced last week by Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), Rep. Melanie Stansbury (D-NM) and 114 House Democrats has gained support from environmental advocates and stakeholders with the shared goal of preserving clean water protections.  The full bill text and fact sheet … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Titus Statement from Hearing on Federal Economic Development Commissions

October 19, 2023

Washington, D.C. — The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Dina Titus (D-NV) during today’s hearing titled, “Regional Commissions: A Review of Federal Economic Development Program Effectiveness.”Video of Titus’s opening statements is here.More information on the hearing can be found here.Ranking Member Titus:Thank you, Chairman Perry. I am pleased that we are having … Continue Reading


House Democrats Introduce the Clean Water Act of 2023

October 18, 2023

Bill Text    Washington, D.C. - Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), Rep. Melanie Stansbury (D-NM) and 114 House Democrats introduced H.R. 5983, the Clean Water Act of 2023. The legislation undoes the damage from the Supreme Court’s Sackett decision by reinstating the historic and bipartisan, federal-state partnership … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen, Norton Statements from Hearing on the Highway Trust Fund

October 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 Highways and Transit Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) during today’s hearing titled, “Running on Empty: The Highway Trust Fund.”Video of Larsen and Norton’s opening statements are here and here.More information on the hearing can be found here.Ranking Member Larsen:Thank you, Chair … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Larsen Applauds Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding for Highways, Bridges, and EV Charging Infrastructure

October 03, 2023

WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) applauded the Federal Highway Administration after it announced apportionments for the Federal-aid Highway Program, Bridge Formula Program, and the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program.“The start of the new fiscal year unlocked more than $60 billion in formula funding for states to invest in roads and bridges, including $5.3 billion dedicated to … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Larsen Defends Prevailing Wages Requirements for Clean Water Infrastructure Workforce

September 28, 2023

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) released the following statement defending the Davis-Bacon Act, which requires government contractors to pay locally prevailing wages for the women and men building and rebuilding America’s water and wastewater systems as a part of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund.“All people deserve clean water. They also deserve good-paying, Davis-Bacon wages for building and rebuilding … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen, Napolitano Statements from Hearing on Financing Clean Water Infrastructure

September 28, 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, “Clean Water Infrastructure Financing: State and Local Perspectives and Recent Developments.”Videos of opening statements from Larsen and Napolitano can be found here and here.More … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Larsen Applauds Investments in Rail Safety, Efficiency, and Reliability, Funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

September 25, 2023

WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) applauded the announcement of this year’s Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) grant awards, providing more than $1.4 billion for 70 rail projects across 35 states. This funding can be used to improve railroad safety, efficiency, and reliability, mitigate rail congestion, enhance multi-modal transportation, and … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Larsen Statement from Hearing on the Oversight of DOT’s Policies and Programs

September 20, 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) during today’s hearing titled, “Oversight of the Department of Transportation’s Policies and Programs.”Video of Larsen’s opening statement is here.More information on the hearing can be found here.Ranking Member Larsen:Thank you, Chairman Graves, for holding this hearing.Welcome, Secretary Buttigieg, and thank you in … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen, Carbajal Statements from Hearing on Autonomous and Experimental Maritime Technologies

September 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 Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Salud Carbajal (D-CA) during today’s hearing titled, “Use and Regulation of Autonomous and Experimental Maritime Technologies.”More information on the hearing can be found here.Ranking Member Larsen:Thank you, Chairman Webster and … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen, Titus Statements from Hearing on the State of FEMA Disaster Readiness, Response and Recovery

September 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 Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Dina Titus (D-NV) during today’s hearing titled, “FEMA: The Current State of Disaster Readiness, Response, and Recovery.”More information on the hearing can be found here.Ranking Member Larsen:Thank you, … Continue Reading


Graves, Larsen Statement on Passing of Eugene Peltola

September 13, 2023

  Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) and Ranking Member Rick Larsen (D-WA) issued the following statement in response to the passing of the husband of Congresswoman Mary Peltola:“We offer our deepest condolences to Mary and the Peltola family after the sudden and tragic loss of Eugene ‘Buzzy’ Peltola Jr., beloved husband and father. Our entire Committee offers our prayers, support, and peace as you grieve this terrible … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen, Norton Statements from Hearing on the Future of Automated Vehicles

September 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, “The Future of Automated Commercial Motor Vehicles: Impacts on Society, the Supply Chain, and U.S. Economic Leadership.”Video of Larsen and Norton’s opening statements are here and here.More … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Larsen Statement on BRIC Grants Supported by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

August 29, 2023

  FEMA Announced Nearly $3 Billion of Resiliency Funding Supported by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Rick Larsen (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, issued the following statement after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced nearly $3 billion in funding for critical resilience projects through the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) grant program. These awards were made … Continue Reading


Ranking Members Larsen and Napolitano Statements on Revised WOTUS Rule

August 29, 2023

  Washington, D.C. - Today, 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) released the following statements after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced an updated rule regarding Clean Water Act protections for “Waters of the United States.” This final rule was provided to conform the … Continue Reading


Ranking Member Larsen’s Statement on the Anniversary of the Inflation Reduction Act

August 16, 2023

Everett, WA—Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) released the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the Inflation Reduction Act. “One year later, the Inflation Reduction Act is doing exactly what it set out to do: creating jobs, lowering costs for individuals and families, advancing green infrastructure investments, and accelerating the clean energy economy of the future,” Ranking Member Larsen … Continue Reading