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Sires Joins Colleagues in First Freight Panel Hearing

Apr 24, 2013
Press Release

For Immediate Release                                                           Contact: Erica Daughtrey

April 24, 2013                                                                         201-309-0301

Sires Joins Colleagues in First Freight Panel Hearing

(Washington, D.C.)- Today, Congressman Albio Sires joined his colleagues at the first hearing conducted by the newly created “Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation.”  This bipartisan committee will meet over a period of six months, and is charged with examining the current role freight transportation plays in the U.S. economy and how the federal government can work to increase the efficiency, safety, and security of our Nation’s freight network. 

Testifying before today’s committee hearing were leaders representing our Nation’s shipping, truck, and rail industries, as well as our ports and freight labor.  The panel of witnesses, which included FedEx founder Fred Smith, provided members with a strong overview of the current operation of our freight network, what challenges impact its performance, and what can be done to improve the efficiency and safety of freight transportation across all modes of transportation. 

“With the U.S. transportation system moving $18.8 trillion dollars worth of goods annually—a number that is expected to grow exponentially in the coming years—it is essential that law makers focus on the important need for bipartisan cooperation and policy making,” said Sires.  “Congress faces many transportation infrastructure related challenges over the coming two years, but I believe that today’s hearing was a great step in the right direction.”

The panel will convene again on May 15th to discuss freight policy with officials from the administration in a roundtable format.

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