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Sen. John Thune recognized for leadership -- STB Reauthorization Acto of 2015 signed into law

Sen. John Thune

Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) is pleased to recognize Sen. John Thune (R-SD) for his leadership on the passage of the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015 (S. 808).


Sen. Thune, Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, along with Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL), introduced the bill earlier this year.  It was passed by the Senate in June, the House in December, and signed by President Obama on December 18, 2015.


This is the first reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Board (STB) since 1998. The bill expands the membership of the STB to five members from its current three person structure and provides needed improvements in Federal oversight of freight railroads.


“Enacting this legislation will make the Surface Transportation Board more accountable and effective in addressing rail service and other disputes,” said Thune. “Heading off problems between rail customers and carriers whenever possible, and quickly resolving them when they do occur, is at the heart of this effort to make the STB work better.”


Sen. Thune has championed this bill from the beginning and MRES and its members sincerely appreciate his continued effort on getting this important piece of legislation signed into law.


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