US House Transportation Chairman Peter DeFazio Again Touts Infrastructure Resiliency

Policy pertaining to severe weather-resilient infrastructure continues to be a priority for a top transportation lawmaker as he crafts comprehensive highway legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Federal investments in resilient projects around the country would help communities withstand the impact of severe weather events, which in recent years have disabled freight and commuter corridors, Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) said at the start of a hearing Nov. 19.

“We need to better prepare our communities to understand the risks associated with extreme weather events,” said DeFazio, chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “It is imperative that we support initiatives that work toward reducing carbon emissions, combating rising sea levels, investing in renewable energy and building resilient infrastructure.”