Monday, September 14, 2015

Committee Hearings – Week of 09-13-15

Both the House and Senate are in Washington as the end of the month quickly approaches. Budget issues behind closed doors continue to keep Congress occupied. There is only one hearing this week that may be of specific interest to readers of this blog and it deals with transportation security.

On Thursday there will be a joint hearing with the Subcommittee on Transportation Security and the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence of the House Homeland Security Committee. It will address “Safeguarding our Nation’s Surface Transportation Systems Against Evolving Terrorist Threats”.

As usual I expect that it will concentrate on passenger transportation, not freight and hazmat transportation issues. This is to be expected as terrorists have been attacking passenger trains not freight trains. Fortunately the terrorists have not discovered the potential for higher casualty counts with attacks on trains carrying hazardous materials.

The witness list for this hearing is not yet available.

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