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Schatz Statement On USDOT Announcement On Rail Safety, Accountability Reforms

HONOLULU – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, today released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s recent announcement on improving safety and accountability in the rail industry.

“USDOT’s new announcement is a key step forward to improving safety and holding rail companies accountable, but we still have more work to do. Congress must pass reforms to change the way the rail industry does business and exercise its oversight duties to make sure what happened in East Palestine, Ohio never happens again,” said Chairman Schatz.