Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials

The Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials has jurisdiction over the economic and safety regulation of railroads and the agencies that administer those regulations.  Economic regulation is administered by the five-member Surface Transportation Board (STB).  This independent agency also has the authority to address national emergencies as they affect the nation’s rail transportation system.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is responsible for administering and overseeing railroad safety laws, railroad infrastructure and development programs, performing research and developing technology, and has federal oversight of Amtrak.

Amtrak is the nation’s major provider of intercity passenger rail service.  Also known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak was established by law in 1970 and assumed the responsibility from private sector railroads for providing passenger rail services.  The Subcommittee continues to oversee efforts to increase efficiency and improve service in Amtrak’s operations.

The Subcommittee also has jurisdiction over the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, which is responsible for providing regulations and safety oversight of pipelines and pipeline facilities, as well as overseeing the transportation of hazardous materials.

Railroad retirement benefits and unemployment systems, as well as rail labor relations also fall under the jurisdiction of this subcommittee.

Issues and agencies under the jurisdiction of the Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee include:

  • Economic regulation of railroads
  • Surface Transportation Board (STB)
  • Railroad safety, including safety practices, equipment, and reporting
  • Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
  • Railroad development programs, such as high-speed rail research and development
  • Rail infrastructure programs
  • Rail security
  • Amtrak
  • Amtrak Inspector General
  • Northeast Corridor Infrastructure and Operations Advisory Commission
  • Railroad retirement (regarding the benefit aspects) and unemployment
  • Railroad Retirement Board, which administers the retirement and unemployment programs unique to railroads
  • Railroad Retirement Board Inspector General
  • National Railroad Retirement Investment Trust
  • Railway Labor Act
  • The National Mediation Board, which administers the Railway Labor Act
  • Federal Employers’ Liability Act, which is the railroad worker-compensation statute
  • Hazardous materials transportation
  • Pipeline transportation safety
  • Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

Recent Activity

The House Subcommittee on

Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials

Ranking Member

Frederica S. Wilson



  • Seth Moulton - Massachusetts Picture of Seth Moulton
  • Troy Carter - Louisiana Picture of Troy Carter
  • André Carson - Indiana Picture of André Carson
  • Mark DeSaulnier - California Picture of Mark DeSaulnier
  • Marilyn Strickland  - Washington Picture of Marilyn Strickland
  • Vice Ranking Member Valerie Foushee - North Carolina Picture of Valerie Foushee
  • Grace F. Napolitano - California Picture of Grace F. Napolitano
  • Steve Cohen - Tennessee Picture of Steve Cohen
  • Henry C.  Johnson. Jr. - Georgia Picture of Henry C.  Johnson. Jr.
  • Jared Huffman - California Picture of Jared Huffman
  • Jesús  García  - Illinois Picture of Jesús  García
  • Rob Menendez - New Jersey Picture of Rob Menendez
  • Chris Deluzio - Pennsylvania Picture of Chris Deluzio
  • Rick Larsen (Ex Officio) - WA 2 Picture of Rick Larsen (Ex Officio)


Troy E. Nehls



  • Brian Babin - Texas Picture of Brian Babin
  • David Rouzer - North Carolina Picture of David Rouzer
  • Mike Bost - Illinois Picture of Mike Bost
  • Doug LaMalfa - California Picture of Doug LaMalfa
  • Bruce Westerman - Arkansas Picture of Bruce Westerman
  • Pete Stauber - Minnesota Picture of Pete Stauber
  • Tim Burchett - Tennessee Picture of Tim Burchett
  • Dusty Johnson - South Dakota Picture of Dusty Johnson
  • Lance Gooden - Texas Picture of Lance Gooden
  • Tracey Mann - Kansas Picture of Tracey Mann
  • Rudy Yakym - Indiana Picture of Rudy Yakym
  • Tom Kean, Jr. - New Jersey Picture of Tom Kean, Jr.
  • Eric Burlison - Missouri Picture of Eric Burlison
  • Brandon Williams - New York Picture of Brandon Williams
  • Marc Molinaro - New York Picture of Marc Molinaro
  • John Duarte - California Picture of John Duarte
  • Sam Graves (Ex Officio) - MO 06 Picture of Sam Graves (Ex Officio)