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DeFazio Retains Prominent Position On House Committee


Oregon’s longest-running House Representative is staying on as Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for the 117th Congress.

Peter DeFazio has been chair since 2019, and a member of the committee since 1987.  The Oregon Democrat says he’s humbled by his colleagues’ support, and that he’ll push for modernizing infrastructure across the U.S. to strengthen the economy while also addressing climate change.

DeFazio says this means bringing the country’s infrastructure out of the 1950s by implementing “smarter, safe, greener” infrastructure that cuts carbon pollution.

Talks between House Democrats and President Trump broke down last year, for a $2 trillion infrastructure plan. DeFazio says he welcomes the incoming Biden administration in revisiting the issue.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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