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Sen. Thune introduces Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act

Sen. John ThuneMissouri River Energy Services (MRES) expresses its appreciation for the continued efforts of Sen. John Thune (R-SD) to protect captive rail shippers.

As Ranking Republican on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Sen. Thune has played a critical role in challenging the practices of the railroads and advancing the interests of captive shippers.

The Senate Commerce Committee held an oversight hearing on Sept. 10 entitled "Freight Rail Service: Improving the Performance of America's Rail System." Following the hearing, Sen. Thune and Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) introduced S.2777, the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act, and it was approved on a voice vote by the Committee.

This legislation will seek to accelerate the processes at the Surface Transportation Board, advance important studies and procedures that can lead to rate reductions, and bolster the resources of the agency.

There is a slim chance this legislation could come up in the lame-duck session, but most likely, it is setting the possibility of action in the next legislative session.

MRES commends Sen. Thune for his diligence and determination.



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