The fatal incident of an Amtrak train carrying Republican congressmen crashing into a truck in rural Virginia prompted a senior administration official to again urge Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) to stop blocking the nomination of a top railroad safety official.
The nominee in question is Ronald Batory, who the Senate Commerce Committee unanimously approved to head the Federal Railroad Agency last August. Schumer and a small group of Democrats have used Senate procedure to block the nomination, leaving the agency—tasked with investigating incidents such as the one this week—without its top official.
Jeffrey Rosen, Department of Transportation’s deputy secretary, told Schumer in a letter sent shortly after the Wednesday accident that the “agency needs to have its chief rail safety official in place.”
“Today a train carrying members of Congress from both the Senate and the House of Representatives was involved in a tragic crash that resulted in multiple injuries and at least one fatality,” wrote Rosen in the letter, provided to the Washington Free Beacon. “While the circumstances of that crash are being reviewed by the Federal Railroad administration, it is clear that the agency needs to have its chief rail safety official in place.”
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