Posts Tagged ‘Peter DeFrazio’

House Democrats Might Push Reauthorization Bill

November 17, 2019

Democratic members of the federal House of Representatives in Washington are talking about going ahead with a surface transportation reauthorization proposal early next year.

House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) has discussed the idea with Democrats on the committee and hopes to meet with Senate leaders late next spring to resolve differences between the two proposals.

The Senate has already approved a highway proposal but not acted on reauthorizing or funding public transit or rail transportation.

Infrastructure spending has been talked about periodically in recent years including by President Donald Trump.

But talks between the administration and Congress over an infrastructure package have stalled.

With the 2020 election campaign season heating up candidates can be expected to push their own infrastructure proposals in the coming weeks and months.

House Committee Chair Holds Round Table Event to Reiterate His Support for Amtrak’s National Network

August 31, 2019

An Oregon congressman held a round table event in his home state this past week to drum up support for Amtrak’s long-distance trains.

Peter DeFazio, the chairman of the House Transportation Committee, reiterated at the event in Eugene, Oregon, his commitment to oppose efforts by the Trump administration to end funding for Amtrak’s national network.

Participants in the event included representatives of Union Pacific, Amtrak, the University of Oregon, the Oregon Department of Transportation, the governor’s office, and two state representatives.

Eugene is served by the state-funded Cascades Service, but also is a stop for the Seattle-Los Angeles Coast Starlight.

“I now chair the transportation committee,” DeFrazio said. “I will have to OK that. I will not be OK’ing the president killing the Coast Starlight.”

Congressional Transpo Committee Leaders Named

January 15, 2019

Additional leaders have been named for the transportation committees and subcommittees in the U.S. House and Senate for the 116th Congress.
Rep. Sam Graves (R-Missouri) will serve as the ranking member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Rep. Peter DeFrazio (D-Oregon) had been named last week as the committee charman.

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi) will become chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

The committee’s ranking member will be Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington)

Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska) will chair the Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety.