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WASHINGTON (October 22, 2015) - The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a bill today that authorizes federal highway programs and includes provisions that take on important rail safety issues, including the looming deadline for implementing positive train control (PTC). The legislation will provide railroads with an appropriate extension to complete the work of installing this important but complex rail safety technology.

American Chemistry Council (ACC) President and CEO  Cal Dooley issued the following statement regarding today's vote:

"ACC and its  members commend the House and Senate for coming together to agree on legislative language that addresses important rail safety issues, including a crucial extension for implementing PTC.

"We appreciate the hard work that Chairman Shuster and Ranking Member DeFazio have contributed in helping put this proposal together, and we appreciate their leadership on this important issue. The legislation approved by the Committee brings the House closer to settling the PTC issue, but it is critical that Congress finish the job right away to avoid a shutdown of passenger and freight rail service.

"Neither chemical manufacturers nor the U.S. economy can afford for the PTC deadline to get any closer without immediate congressional action. The stakes are too high for Congress to use this issue as political leverage to advance other goals. With a  major transportation crisis just around the corner, Congress must act quickly to pass legislation before the end of this month that extends the PTC deadline."

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