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Posts Tagged ‘Peter DeFazio’

Guest on The Infra Blog: Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
Congressman Peter DeFazio

In 2014, DeFazio was elected to the powerful position of Ranking Member on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Coast Guard, highways and transit, water resources, railroads, aviation, and economic development.

“[Citizens] need to speak up, speak out. They need to contact their members of congress, their senators. They need to particularly weigh in in an election year and, go to a debate, or ask them a question as publicly as you can, ‘what are you going to do to fix Americas infrastructure?'”

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Ranking Member DeFazio speaks on House floor on investment in transportation

Monday, June 13th, 2016
Ranking Member DeFazio speaks on House floor on investment in transportation

Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) addresses the house floor on issues of transportation infrastructure. “So now I’ve taken to calling us 4th world,” said DeFazio. “We used to be the world’s leader in infrastructure and now we’re vaulting over everybody, including places like Zimbabwe, to the back of the pack.”

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Reactions to President Obama’s State of Union

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Transportation Issues Daily A number of transportation interests issued a news release offering a reaction to the President’s State of the Union. Here are excerpts from ones I could find. We republished Senator Boxer’s statement in full earlier. Gregory E. DiLoreto, president of The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE): “President Obama’s ‘Fix-It-First’ plan is a great step toward […]

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Revisiting the Senate Highway Bill

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Innovation NewsBriefsVol. 23, No. 16  “I have not been a student of the Senate bill because the Senate bill has been academic to me. But now that it’s becoming a potential reality and I’m a potential negotiator, I will become conversant with the Senate bill line by line and then I’ll have an opinion,” Rep. […]

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Some Frank and Unscripted Comments from Capitol Hill

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

We have noted before in these pages that there seems to be no sign of a popular outcry about the stalled transportation authorization and no willingness on the part of the public to tax themselves to support a larger program of infrastructure modernization. Warnings by advocacy groups about “crumbling infrastructure” seem to fall on deaf ears. Nor is the Administration showing any desire to move a multi-year transportation bill this year.

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Innovative Financing Is No Substitute for New Funding

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Hoping to sustain interest in the Committee’s efforts to enact a new multi-year transportation bill during this session of Congress, Reps. James Oberstar (D-MN) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR), leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, convened a hearing on April 14 to explore innovative ways of financing highway and transit investments. But while the hearing provided a useful survey of available financing tools and programs, it produced no new answers to the key question that has bedeviled transportation advocates for many months and remains as the chief obstacle to moving the legislation forward— the question of how to pay for the proposed multi-year surface transportation program.

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