February 22, 2023

Ranking Member Larsen Statement on Secretary Buttigieg Visit to Ohio Derailment Site

Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Rick Larsen (D-WA) issued the following statement after Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced a trip to East Palestine, Ohio.

“Secretary Buttigieg’s upcoming trip to the site of the Ohio derailment will go a long way in ensuring the people of East Palestine and the surrounding communities know their leaders are doing everything possible to make the situation right,” Ranking Member Larsen said. “The Secretary’s visit will also inform our coming work to address the problems uncovered by the NTSB’s investigation and implement the administration’s Rail Safety Action Plan. The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is ready to work in a bipartisan way to make the needed improvements so this kind of dangerous derailment never happens again.”