Rep. Payne, Jr. Voted Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials

January 26, 2021
Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov 

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. became the chairman of the Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee today for the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure.  It oversees the economic and safety regulation of railroads and the agencies that administer those regulations.  The subcommittee’s authority covers all rail transportation, from passenger carriers like Amtrak to the nation’s freight providers like Union Pacific.      

“It is a great honor and privilege to chair such an important subcommittee,” said Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr.  “Our transportation industry has suffered significantly during the COVID-19 global pandemic.  I want to make sure our nation’s rail system has the resources necessary to protect commuters and staff as well as maintain facilities during and after this public health crisis.”     

Other than the nation’s railroads, the subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.  This agency provides regulations and safety oversight of pipelines and pipeline facilities, the transportation of hazardous materials, railroad retirement benefits and unemployment systems as well as labor relations.  Issues and agencies under the jurisdiction of the Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee include Surface Transportation Board (STB), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Amtrak Inspector General, Northeast Corridor Infrastructure and Operations Advisory Commission, and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). 

Rep. Payne, Jr. became the chairman after a vote from his colleagues on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure.  The Congressman will give up his chairmanship of the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery to chair the railroad subcommittee.  Rules for Congressional members state that no member of Congress can chair more than one committee or subcommittee at the same time. 

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