US Congress to meet over rail safety bill
A bill that would establish a national network of safe and reliable freight railroads passed the US House on Wednesday, but some Republican members said they were concerned about the bill’s impact on safety on the country’s major railways.
In a floor speech, Republican Representative John Culberson of Texas warned of the “dramatic” impact of the bill if passed.
The bill passed the House overwhelmingly, 219-189, with Democrats opposing it and Democrats voting against it, with all Democratic votes counted.
The legislation would create a network of more than 1,000 miles of railroads across the US.
The bill would provide a safe, reliable, and efficient means for Americans to move freight between their homes and their jobs, including moving it via rail to the East Coast, West Coast, Midwest, Northeast, and Southern California.
The Republican bill would create an additional 1,700 miles of safe, high-speed rail to provide high-quality service to rural areas.
The measure would also require the government to provide grants to states to establish rail networks, with the money provided by the federal government.
The House also approved a bipartisan plan to increase funding for a rail network in rural areas, while the Senate approved a bill that does the same.
President Donald Trump has said he would like to see a rail system, but the cost of building one would have to be passed on to consumers and communities, according to a study released by the White House on Tuesday.
Trump has proposed a rail plan in the past, but it has been widely criticized by environmental groups, with some saying it could damage the environment.
The Trump administration has already put forward an initial plan to develop a rail line between Washington, DC, and Philadelphia.