Saturday, May 16, 2015

Bills Introduced – 05-15-15

There were 48 bills introduced in the House on Friday (the Senate was not in session). Of those only two may be of specific interest to readers of this blog:

HR 2353 To provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund, and for other purposes. Rep. Shuster, Bill [R-PA-9]

HR 2379 To prohibit the transportation of certain volatile crude oil by rail. Rep. Lowey, Nita M. [D-NY-17]

A copy of the text of HR 2353 [typo on bill # corrected 5-18-15 0900 CDT] is already available. In addition to extending the current spending authorization for transportation related programs funded by the Highway Trust fund through July 31st, it would also extend the funding for various hazardous material training and response programs for the same period. This bill will be considered by the House Rules Committee on Monday and the full House on Tuesday.

It looks HR 2379 will be another bill that would attempt to reduce the risk of fires and explosions from crude oil train derailments by limiting the volatility of that crude.

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