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1/14/2019



Rail News: Federal Legislation & Regulation

Congress names transportation committee leaders


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The U.S. House and Senate have established their committee and subcommittee leadership for the 116th Congress, including those related to transportation.

In the House, U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) will serve as the ranking member of the Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee. Last week, Graves announced minority staff for the committee will include Paul Sass as the Republican staff director; Jack Ruddy as deputy staff director; Fred Miller as general counsel; and Justin Harclerode as communications director.

Last week, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) was named chair of the T&I Committee.

Meanwhile in the Senate, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) will succeed Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) as chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Republicans elevated Thune to the position of majority whip.

The committee's ranking member will be Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), who replaces former Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). Nelson lost his campaign for re-election in the November 2018 midterm elections.

Also, Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) will chair the Subcommittee on Transportation and Safety. Previously, she chaired what was called the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security during the 115th Congress.



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