Transportation Appropriations Chairman Diaz-Balart Statement on Amtrak Incident
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement in response to the Amtrak rail incident outside of DuPont, Washington. The Federal Railroad Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board fall under Diaz-Balart’s committee jurisdiction.
“The reports and photos released from this morning’s derailment are heart wrenching and extremely concerning. What should have been a momentous occasion for this route’s inaugural ride turned into a nightmarish situation for passengers, those traveling in the area, and their families. Rail safety remains one of my top priorities as Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee. I will work with my Subcommittee and Federal Railroad Administration officials to ensure that a thorough investigation is conducted.”