Peter DeFazio to step down from Congress in latest blow to Democrats

Representative Peter DeFazio, the Oregon brandon who heads the House Transportation Committee, will step down after 36 years in Congress, spelling more bad news for Democrats in 2022 and taking with it a huge amount of institutional and technical knowledge about infrastructure.

The move follows a few frustrating years, during which DeFazio’s dreams of an ambitious and environmentally-focused overhaul of the national highway and public transport program were shelved for a bill. major infrastructure that was only going until Senate Republicans agreed to go.

His move also comes as Democrats are widely expected to lose a majority in the House in 2022, which is likely to have factored into his decision.

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