Press Releases

Ranking Member Larsen and 25 T&I Members Urge Secretary Buttigieg to Hold Airlines Accountable for Mass Holiday Cancellations

January 05, 2023

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) and 25 colleagues sent a letter to the Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg expressing their concerns regarding the growing problem of mass flight cancellations and urging the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to hold airlines accountable. The members pointed to the failures of Southwest Airlines in particular, which had 16,000 flight cancellations this past … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Applauds Biden Administration for Restoring the Rule of Law to Protect Clean Water

December 30, 2022

Washington, DC - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement after the Biden Administration announced its final rule defining the Waters of the Unites States (WOTUS), which would formally remove the illegal Trump-era Dirty Water Rule from federal regulations and replace it with familiar, bipartisan regulations that have dictated the protection of clean water for decades. "Stewarding our nation's lakes, rivers, … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Carbajal Applaud President Biden for Signing the Coast Guard Authorization Act and Safer Seas Act Into Law

December 23, 2022

Washington, D.C. - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Salud Carbajal (D-CA) released the following statements after President Biden signed the James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023 into law, which included the Don Young Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2022 and the Safer Seas Act of 2022: "I thank President Biden for signing the Don … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Applaud President Biden for Signing Clean Water Programs in the NDAA Into Law

December 23, 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) applaud President Biden for signing clean water programs included in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2022 into law. The programs will help support restoration efforts at San Francisco Bay, California; Puget Sound, Washington; and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin in Louisiana and Mississippi; … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Celebrate President Biden Signing WRDA 2022 into Law

December 23, 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) released the following statements after President Biden signed the James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023 into law, which included the Water Resources Development Act of 2022: "I applaud President Biden for signing the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022 … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Congratulates Rep. Larsen on Becoming Ranking Member of the T&I Committee

December 22, 2022

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement after Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) was selected as Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for the 118th Congress:"After eight years of leading the Democratic members of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I proudly pass the baton to my colleague and friend, Representative Rick Larsen, who has been an … Continue Reading


Congress Passes the Don Young Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2022 as Part of the NDAA

December 15, 2022

Washington D.C. Today, leaders of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure applauded final passage of the Don Young Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2022 as part of the James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023. The bill was named in honor of Rep. Don Young, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure from 2001 to 2007, and a longtime member of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation before sadly passing away in … Continue Reading


House Passes T&I Legislation, Including Bill to Improve Ridesharing Safety

December 14, 2022

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) applauded the House passage of three bills under the jurisdiction of the committee, including a bill to strengthen ridesharing safety. "I applaud the House for passing three bipartisan Transportation and Infrastructure Committee bills this week," Chair DeFazio said. "In particular, I'm pleased to see the House pass H.R. 1082, Sami's Law, which will honor the life of Sami Josephson, … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Carbajal Statements from Hearing on U.S. Coast Guard’s Arctic Strategy

December 07, 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 Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Salud Carbajal (D-CA) during today's hearing titled, "U.S. Coast Guard's Leadership on Arctic Safety, Security, and Environmental Responsibility." Video of DeFazio and Carbajal's opening statements can be found here and here. More information on … Continue Reading


DeFazio, Carper, Capito, and Graves Announce Negotiated Water Resources Development Act of 2022

December 06, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Representative Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I), U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the EPW Committee, and Representative Sam Graves (R-Mo.), Ranking Member of the T&I Committee, today announced a final agreement on the Water Resources Development Act of 2022 (WRDA 2022). The … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Carbajal Announce Hearing on U.S. Coast Guard’s Arctic Strategy

December 02, 2022

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Salud Carbajal (D-CA) announced the subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "U.S. Coast Guard's Leadership on Arctic Safety, Security, and Environmental Responsibility." The purpose of this hearing is to examine the implementation of the U.S. Coast Guard's Arctic Strategy. More information about the hearing, … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Payne, Jr. Commend House Vote to Avert a Catastrophic Rail Shutdown

November 30, 2022

Washington, D.C. - 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) issued the following statements after the House passed H.J. Res. 100 to impose the Railway Labor Tentative Agreement and also voted to add seven days of sick leave for railroaders to the agreement. "I commend the House for making the difficult choice today to pass H.J. Res. … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Payne, Jr. Statements on Legislation to Prevent a Catastrophic Railroad Shutdown

November 30, 2022

Washington, D.C. - 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) issued the following statements during House Floor debate on H.J. Res. 100, imposing the Railway Labor Tentative Agreements: Chair DeFazio: We're here today to end three years of contract negotiations between the freight railroads and their workforce. For three years, more … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Express Concern Over Remote Airline Dispatching, Demand Answers from FAA on Extensions of Pandemic-era Policy

November 29, 2022

Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Aviation Subcommittee Rick Larsen (D-WA) sent a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Acting Administrator Nolen expressing their concern over the FAA's decision to allow certain airline dispatchers to continue to work remotely. "Together with air traffic controllers, airline pilots, and other aviation safety professionals, dispatchers maintain the safe … Continue Reading


House Passes The “Disaster Survivors Fairness Act”—Legislation to Streamline Access to Relief for Victims of Disasters

November 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) applauded House passage of the Disaster Survivors Fairness Act, legislation approved by the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to ease survivor's access to federal relief in the wake of disasters. The House also approved the FEMA Improvement, Reform, and … Continue Reading


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