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WASHINGTON (October 28, 2015) - The U.S. Senate today unanimously approved the highway bill that overwhelmingly passed the U.S. House yesterday. This important and time-sensitive legislation, which includes language to extend the deadline for railroads to install positive train control (PTC), will now go to the president for his signature.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in response:

"The unanimous vote in the Senate sends important legislation to the president that will keep critical freight rail shipments flowing, including critical chemistries, such as chlorine, that are essential to public health and maintaining a strong economy. The legislation will head off a potential shutdown of the nation's rail network by providing railroads with adequate time to adopt PTC, which will help prevent accidents and enhance the safe movement of chemicals.
 
"We greatly appreciate the tireless leadership of Senators Thune and Nelson to advance a legislative solution to avert a regulatory crisis that would have triggered a massive disruption in freight and commuter rail service. We commend leadership in the House and Senate along with their staffs for recognizing the urgent need to address the PTC issue and working in a strong bipartisan and bicameral manner that is all too rare these days.

"We strongly urge the president to sign this bill into law as soon as possible. There is still important work to complete, and we call on Congress to pass a long-term surface transportation bill to keep America moving well into the future."

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