Oregon Democrat Rep. Peter DeFazio, who’s chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, uttered profanities throughout a heated debate Wednesday on airline-enforced vaccine mandates.

It stays unclear who the phrases had been directed at, however after Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, yielded his time to Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., for the second time, DeFazio swore into his sizzling mic.


Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore. 

Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore. 
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Mast launched three amendments that may bar the Federal Aviation Administration or airways from implementing vaccine mandates for his or her contractors or staff to a invoice that may fund the airline trade within the occasion of a authorities shutdown. 

DeFazio took situation with Mast’s amendments and stated they had been “a little bit off-base,” because the FAA has not made any push to implement vaccine mandates. 

Federal contractors, beneath government order by President Biden, are anticipated to get pictures of their arms by Dec. 8 or threat termination. 

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., on Sept. 13, 2021 

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., on Sept. 13, 2021 
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“Some air carriers – private entities with private businesses trying to protect their employees and their customers – have imposed it [mandates],” DeFazio stated. “That’s their right.”

The Oregon Democrat and the Florida Republican exchanged a terse back-and-forth, with DeFazio lastly ruling Mast out of order and saying, “You’ve already wasted time and you’ll waste more.”


“We’ve got a lot of whacked-out people in this country that are killing people, plain and simple,” DeFazio stated. “In three counties in the southern part of my district – deep red counties – vaccine rates of 40%, people have died waiting to get into the ICU.”

DeFazio later acknowledged Young for the second time earlier than the Alaska Republican once more yielded his time to Mast, permitting the Florida Republican to proceed the controversy on his amendments. 

“Oh, you f—ing a——,” he stated after Young yielded.

Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., Sept. 27, 2021.  

Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., Sept. 27, 2021.  
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Texas Republican Rep. Beth Van Duyne, who was current for the listening to, denounced the feedback on Twitter.

DeFazio didn’t reply questions on who the remark was directed at, however in a press release to Fox News he defended his frustration. 

“I get passionate when it comes to protecting jobs and worker safety and I call it like I see it,” DeFazaio stated. “I was fighting for a bipartisan bill that protects the jobs of Federal Aviation Administration workers from government shutdowns and Congressman Mast was trying to derail the Committee’s work with multiple anti-vax amendments that put aviation worker jobs, health, and safety at risk.

“Maybe I ought to watch my language however I received’t again down in the case of protected vaccines or defending American jobs,” he added.


A spokeswoman for the National Republican Congressional Committee interpreted the comment as being directed at Mast.

“Peter DeFazio’s feedback a couple of embellished fight veteran are completely disgraceful. DeFazio needs to be ashamed of himself and apologize instantly,” Courtney Parella instructed Fox News.