Senate Dems To Make Push For Rail Safety Spending

Law360, New York (December 16, 2013, 5:43 PM EST) -- The two-year congressional budget deal reached last week offers hope for bolstering the "woefully" underfunded Federal Railroad Administration, two Democratic senators said Monday, after a deadly derailment in the Bronx, N.Y., threw the agency's patchy inspection capabilities into sharp relief.

Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said in a joint statement that congressional briefing this week revealed that the FRA, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, only has the resources to inspect 1 percent of the nation's railways and routinely lacks money to...
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