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Fetterman, Casey, Brown Introduce Rail Safety Legislation

Bob Casey, John Fetterman

The train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio continues to have an impact on the lives of those living in the region and now three U.S. Senators want to prevent future harm to rail-side communities and families.

Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.), John Fetterman (D-Pa.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) introduced the “Railway Accountability Act” on Thursday, designed to address additional long-standing rail safety concerns and protect workers.

The legislation would build on the proposals in the bipartisan Railway Safety Act, introduced earlier this month by Brown and Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio), and co-sponsored by Fetterman and Casey.

“It is an honor and a privilege to introduce my first piece of legislation – the Railway Accountability Act – following the derailment affecting East Palestine, Ohio, and Darlington Township, Pennsylvania,” said Fetterman. “This bill will implement commonsense safety reforms, hold the big railway companies accountable, protect the workers who make these trains run, and help prevent future catastrophes that endanger communities near railway infrastructure. Working Pennsylvanians have more than enough to think about already — they should never have been put in this horrible situation.”

“Too many communities in Pennsylvania and across the Nation have suffered from catastrophic train derailments. The Railway Accountability Act would implement additional commonsense safety measures to help prevent these disasters in the future,” said Casey. “Along with the Railway Safety Act, this bill will make freight rail safer and protect communities from preventable tragedies.”

The Railway Accountability Act would take multiple steps towards guaranteeing rail safety by directing the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to study wheel-related failures and derailments; enhancing switchyard safety practices; enacting commonsense brake safety measures; requiring large freight railroad companies to join a confidential “close call” reporting system administered by the FRA & NASA; and ensuring that railways provide sufficient reporting and safety equipment to its workers, among other improvements.

The legislation is also supported by labor unions including the Transport Workers of America (TWU), the National Conference of Firemen & Oilers (NCFO), and the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers-Mechanical Division (SMART-MD).

“Rail lobbyists have fought for years to protect their profits at the expense of communities like East Palestine and Steubenville and Sandusky,” said Brown. “These commonsense safety measures will finally hold big railroad companies accountable, make our railroads and the towns along them safer, and prevent future tragedies, so no community has to suffer like East Palestine again.”

Fetterman and Casey have also worked with Congressman Chris Deluzio (D-17) to urge Norfolk Southern to provide assistance to Pennsylvanians in Darlington Township after repeated reports that Pennsylvania residents were being turned away at the Family Assistance Center in East Palestine.

One Response

  1. Every time an article says “Fetterman worked”, you have to see how disingenuous that is.

    Fetterman is a shell of the unproductive failure to launch his parents bankrolled for 50 years.

    The lack of media attention and continuation of coddling they have provided is embarrassing. We should all be hanging our heads in embarrassment, but no one seems to care.

    What a joke. It’s all a fucking joke.


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