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Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials

Membership 114th Congress

Subcommittee Ranking Member

Michael Capuano
Massachusetts ~ 07

Democratic Members

Corrine Brown
Florida ~ 05

Daniel Lipinski
Illinois ~ 03

Jerrold Nadler
New York ~ 10

Elijah Cummings
Maryland ~ 07

Rick Larsen
Washington ~ 02

Steve Cohen
Tennessee ~ 09

Albio Sires
New Jersey ~ 08

Richard Nolan
Minnesota ~ 08

Elizabeth Esty
Connecticut ~ 05

Grace Napolitano
California ~ 32

Janice Hahn
California ~ 44

Peter DeFazio
Oregon ~ 04

Chairman

Jeff Denham
California ~ 10

Republican Members

Jeff Denham
California ~ 10

John Duncan
Tennessee ~ 02

John Mica
Florida ~ 07

Sam Graves
Missouri ~ 06

Candice Miller
Michigan ~ 10

Lou Barletta
Pennsylvania ~ 11

Blake Farenthold
Texas ~ 27

Richard Hanna
New York ~ 22

Daniel Webster
Florida ~ 10

Tom Rice
South Carolina ~ 07

Scott Perry
Pennsylvania ~ 04

Todd Rokita
Indiana ~ 04

John Katko
New York ~ 24

Brian Babin
Texas ~ 36

Cresent Hardy
Nevada ~ 04

Mimi Walters
California ~ 45

Lee Zeldin
New York ~ 01

The Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials has jurisdiction over the economic and safety regulation of railroads and the agencies that administer those regulations.  Economic regulation is administered by the three-member Surface Transportation Board (STB).  This independent agency also has the authority to address national emergencies as they affect the nation’s rail transportation system.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is responsible for administering railroad safety laws, railroad infrastructure and development programs, possesses responsibilities relevant to homeland security, and has federal oversight of Amtrak.

Amtrak is the nation’s major provider of intercity passenger rail service.  Also known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak was established by law in 1970 and required to assume the responsibility from private sector railroads for provision of passenger rail services.  The Subcommittee continues to oversee efforts to increase efficiency and accountability in Amtrak’s operations.

The Subcommittee also has jurisdiction over the benefit but not revenue aspects of railroad retirement and unemployment systems, as well as rail labor relations.

The transportation of hazardous materials and the issue of pipeline safety also fall under the scope of this subcommittee.

Issues and agencies under the jurisdiction of the Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee include:

  • Economic regulation of railroads
  • Surface Transportation Board (STB)
  • Railroad safety, including safety practices, equipment, and reporting
  • Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
  • Railroad development programs, such as high-speed rail research and development
  • Rail infrastructure programs
  • Rail security
  • Amtrak
  • Amtrak Inspector General
  • Northeast Corridor Infrastructure and Operations Advisory Commission
  • Railroad retirement (regarding the benefit aspects) and unemployment
  • Railroad Retirement Board, which administers the retirement and unemployment programs unique to railroads
  • Railroad Retirement Board Inspector General
  • National Railroad Retirement Investment Trust
  • Railway Labor Act
  • The National Mediation Board, which administer the Railway Labor Act
  • Federal Employers’ Liability Act, which is the railroad worker-compensation statute
  • Hazardous materials transportation
  • Pipeline transportation safety
  • Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

Recent Activity

Apr 12, 2011 Hearing

WHAT:
Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Hearing on “Reducing Regulatory Burdens and Ensuring Safe Transportation of Hazardous Materials”

WHEN:
April 12, 2011; 3:00 PM

WHERE:
2167 Rayburn House Office Building

 

Apr 7, 2011 Hearing

WHAT:
Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Hearing on “Railroad and Hazardous Materials Transportation Programs: Reforms and Improvements to Reduce Regulatory Burdens”

WHEN:
April 7, 2011; 9:00 AM

WHERE:
2167 Rayburn House Office Building
 

Mar 17, 2011 Hearing

WHAT:
Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Hearing on “Federal Regulatory Overreach in the Railroad Industry:  Implementing the Rail Safety Improvement Act”

WHEN:
March 17, 2011; 10:00 AM

WHERE:
2167 Rayburn House Office Building

Mar 11, 2011 Hearing

WHAT:
Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Hearing on “Finding Ways to Encourage and Increase Private Sector Participation in Passenger Rail Service”

WHEN:
March 11, 2011; 10:00 AM

WHERE:
2167 Rayburn House Office Building

 

Feb 17, 2011 Hearing

WHAT:
Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Hearing on “Sitting on our Assets: Rehabilitating and Improving our Nation’s Rail Infrastructure”

WHEN:
February 17, 2011; 10:00 AM

WHERE:
2167 Rayburn House Office Building

Jan 27, 2011 Hearing

WHAT:
Congressional Field Hearing: “Developing True High-Speed Rail to the Northeast Corridor: Stop Sitting on Our Federal Assets”

WHEN:
January 27, 2011; 10:00 AM

WHERE:
Grand Central Terminal, Northeast Balcony
New York, New York

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