House Rail Subcommittee Elects New Chair

A New Jersey congressman has been elected chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials.

U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Jr. will relinquish his chairmanship of the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery in order to assume the leadership role of the subcommittee that oversees rail transportation.

He will replace U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Illinois) who has left Congress after losing a primary race for re-election last year.

The issues and agencies under the subcommittee’s jurisdiction include the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, Surface Transportation Board, Amtrak Inspector General, and Northeast Corridor Infrastructure and Operations Advisory Commission.

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