Washington Review June 28, 2013
This week was a busy one in Congress. The House Appropriations Committee approved staggering cuts to Amtrak, affecting each of us along the Northeast Corridor. With Hurricane Sandy—the largest transit disaster in our nation’s history—still fresh in our minds, now is not the time to leave our passenger rail infrastructure vulnerable. For that reason, I attended the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing and questioned witnesses on how passenger rail services can respond to disasters in the face of huge budget cuts.
Further, the Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation conducted a hearing to receive testimony concerning the correlation between logistics and a productive, efficient, and safe national freight system that would strengthen the economy.
In addition to this week’s hearings, I had an opportunity to meet with the Ambassador of Israel to discuss developments in the Middle East and the importance of strong U.S.-Israel relations. As our closest ally in the region, I greatly appreciated the time I was able to spend with Ambassador Oren.
Lastly, the Senate passed S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act by a vote of 68-32. This bill is comprehensive, bipartisan, and responsible in the way it addresses our broken immigration system. It is a positive first step toward reform, and I am hopeful that House Leadership will bring it to the House floor for debate immediately.
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