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4/17/2013



Rail News: Federal Legislation & Regulation

House transportation committee creates freight-focused panel


House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and Ranking Member Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) yesterday appointed a new panel charged with examining U.S. freight transportation and how improving it could strengthen the nation's economy.

Rep. John Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.), the committee's vice chair, will chair the group, dubbed the Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) will serve as the panel's ranking member.

Panel members include Reps. Gary Miller (R-Calif.), Rick Crawford (R-Ark.), Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.), Daniel Webster (R-Fla.), Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), Corrine Brown (D-Fla.), Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.), Albio Sires (D-N.J.) and Janice Hahn (D-Calif.). Members will serve for six months, beginning with the first scheduled hearing on April 24.

"Given that freight transportation cuts across many modes, this panel will play a critical role in providing recommendations on how to improve the efficient movement of goods between highways, ports, inland waterways, railroads, air carriers, and pipelines," said Shuster in a prepared statement.


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