House Transportation Committee Leaders Named

The chairman of a Congressional committee overseeing transportation predicted last week that the COVID-19 pandemic may create lasting changes in workplace practices.

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) said in prepared remarks that transportation networks will need a long time to recover from the pandemic.

DeFazio spoke during a hearing held by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that discussed protecting transportation workers and passengers from COVID-19 and to get organized for the current session of Congress.

“Transportation workers in particular have been hard hit by the devastating health dangers and significant financial repercussions of the public health crisis our nation continues to face,” DeFazio said.

T&I Committee Ranking Member Rep. Sam Graves (R-Missouri) said Congress has authorized an unprecedented $113 billion to support different transportation services, including $39 billion for transit, $10 billion for state departments of transportation and $2 billion for Amtrak.

“We need to ensure that all of this money leaves the federal government and gets to the intended recipients as soon as possible,” Graves said.

The committee also named committee heads and the ranking member for each of its six subcommittees.

Those assignments include the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials, with Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-New Jersey) serving as chair and Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Arkansas) as ranking member; the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, with Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-District of Columbia  serving as chair and Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Illinois) as ranking member; and the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, with Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-California as chair and Rep. David Rouzer (R-North Carolina) as ranking member.

Tags: , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: