Rail Safety Bill, Inspired by Fiery Ohio Derailment, Clears Major Hurdle

"But several Republicans, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, remain opposed to the bipartisan legislation."

"A Senate committee on Wednesday advanced legislation aimed at preventing disasters like February’s fiery train derailment and chemical spill in East Palestine, Ohio.

The Railway Safety Act of 2023, championed by Ohio Sens. J.D. Vance (R) and Sherrod Brown (D), has attracted rare bipartisan support in a fiercely divided Congress. Both President Joe Biden (D) and former President Donald Trump (R) have endorsed the measure.

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation voted 16-11 in favor of the measure, advancing it to the full Senate for consideration.

In its current form, the bill would establish new safety requirements for freight trains hauling hazardous materials, limit the overall size of trains, require at least two-person crews, and drastically increase penalties for rail safety violations. It would also funnel additional funds to law enforcement and first responders for hazardous material training."

Chris D'Angelo reportts for HuffPost May 10, 2023.

Source: HuffPost, 05/11/2023