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WASHINGTON (Nov. 21, 2013) – The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation held a hearing on recent nominations, including that of Debra Miller to the Surface Transportation Board (STB), and issued a new report on the financial state of the freight rail industry. In response, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in support of Ms. Miller’s nomination:
“We commend the Committee for moving forward the nomination of Debra Miller to the Surface Transportation Board. Ms. Miller’s nomination is critical to ensure that the STB will be able to operate at full strength to effectively address concerns raised by both shippers and carriers. She has a long career in public service and has valuable experience from her work on transportation policy in Kansas that will serve her well in her new role at the STB if she is confirmed.
“Over the last several years, the Board has taken important steps to explore reforms that could reduce the need for regulation and rely on market forces to determine shipping rates and service terms. Ensuring that we have an accurate picture of the current state of the major railroads is important to help guide policymakers on the best course for policy reforms. The report issued today by the Committee demonstrates that the financial health of the railroad industry has improved dramatically and much has changed since Congress last addressed freight rail reforms nearly forty years ago.
“We encourage the Senate to confirm a candidate who is committed to keeping the STB on a course to foster a more competitive and healthy freight rail system that supports domestic producers and promotes the growth of the U.S economy and jobs.”