Posted on November 11, 2022
Event to Feature Chair and Ranking Member of Transportation Committee, Reps. Peter DeFazio and Sam Graves, Together with Current and Past Committee Members and Staff
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, November 17, 2022, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society (USCHS) will celebrate the history and bipartisan accomplishments of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Joining the USCHS to co-chair this event is the Committee’s Chair and Ranking Member, U.S. Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Sam Graves (R-MO), along with current and past Members of the Committee. This includes former Chairmen Bud Shuster (R-PA) and Bill Schuster (R-PA), and former Ranking Member Nick Rahall (D-WV).
Together, Reps. DeFazio and Graves, and former Reps. Shuster, Shuster, and Rahall will reflect on their time with the Committee and what memories they look upon most fondly, poignantly, and with good humor. They will also discuss the importance of the Committee’s work across the aisle to help build America’s infrastructure and the economy it depends on. USCHS President and CEO, Jane L. Campbell, will emcee the event. The U.S. Capitol Police Ceremonial Unit will present the Colors and Pledge of Allegiance.
Article I section 8 of the United States Constitution grants Congress the power to provide for the “general welfare,” establish “post roads,” and purchase land to create “dock-yards, and other needful buildings.” As a result, Congress has played a vital role in the development of transportation and infrastructure throughout American history. This includes President George Washington signing the nation’s first public works project into law, constructing lighthouses and beacons near Chesapeake Bay; Congress funding emergency public works projects under President Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression; the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act of 1956, which authorized more than 40,000 miles of limited-access highways; and this year’s bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
Commemoration of House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
The Hon. Peter DeFazio, U.S. Representative from Oregon
The Hon. Sam Graves, U.S. Representative from Missouri
The Hon. Bud Shuster, Former Member of Congress from Pennsylvania
The Hon. Bill Shuster, Former Member of Congress from Pennsylvania
The Hon. Nick Rahall, Former Member of Congress from West Virginia
The Hon. Jane L. Campbell, President & CEO, U.S. Capitol Historical Society
When: Thursday, November 17, from 6:00 pm ET to 7:30 pm ET
Where: Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Hearing Room 2167
Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-0528