On March 30, the House of Representatives passed eight bills within the jurisdiction of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure with bipartisan support.
“I applaud the House for passing eight bills today, most of which were approved by our committee on a bipartisan basis,” Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) said. “I’m particularly proud that the House passed my bill, the Stop Sexual Assault and Harassment in Transportation Act, which will help ensure adequate personnel training, formal policies against sexual assault and harassment, and the reporting of these incidents. This comes on the heels of the House yesterday passing my provisions, included in the Don Young Coast Guard Authorization Act, to protect maritime workers from sexual violence. Combined, these bills will make important strides toward creating a safer environment for passengers and our transportation workforce. In addition, I am pleased to move legislation to name the U.S. Department of Transportation’s headquarters after William T. Coleman, Jr. and Norman Y. Mineta. Both Mr. Coleman and Mr. Mineta served as Secretary of Transportation and were champions for this country’s infrastructure. I urge the Senate to take up these bills and pass them without delay.”
The Stop Sexual Assault and Harassment in Transportation Act seeks to protect personnel and passengers during passenger transportation by air, motor carrier, commuter and intercity rail, transit, vessel, and rideshare from sexual assault and harassment by improving the response to, and facilitate the reporting of, such incidents.