At one point, a frustrated audience member implored him: “Answer the question Mitch!” after he offered a curt answer to a woman asking about lost coal jobs in eastern Kentucky. As he began leaving the event, escorted by state and local law enforcement, a few in the crowd booed. Someone shouted “Do your job!”
Lawmakers have known about the potential insolvency of the miners’ health care plan since 2012. While the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. insures multi-employer pension plans like the one that covers retired coal miners, it does not protect their health-care benefits.
A proposal to build the largest oil train terminal in the Pacific Northwest could result in a derailment every two years and an oil spill from a derailment once every 12, according to a draft analysis by a Washington state agency.
190 miles of the route from yesterday’s train derailment will not be protected by a new system, set to go into effect by the end of the year, which can prevent trains from passing stop signals or approaching curves too fast.
Even as the clock ticks down on Boxer’s 24-year Senate career — she announced in January she would not run for re-election next year — she’s not fading into the Senate’s ornate woodwork.
A high-speed railway could be coming to a state near you if Congressional Republicans don’t stop the plan dead in its tracks first.
With transit ridership at an all-time high, advocates are pushing Congress to continue federal funding for long-term transportation projects.
Senate Democrats sponsor a bill to improve the design and safety of railroad oil-tank cars, which industry officials have flagged for years as in need for improvement.
By Curtis Tate, McClatchy Washington Bureau CHICAGO — Canadian safety investigators on Tuesday blamed a “weak safety culture” and inadequate government oversight for a crude oil train derailment last year in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, that killed 47 people. In its nearly 200-page report, issued more than 13 months after the deadly crash, Canada’s Transportation Safety Board […]
By Curtis Tate, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — California’s technology sector has booted up a bigger presence in politics in recent years, a shift for an industry that began on the outside but is fast becoming an inside player. Silicon Valley still has some catching up to do. Tech firms are still not as big […]
By Curtis Tate, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Hours before the federal government was set to reduce payments to states for road and bridge projects, Congress approved a temporary fix Thursday that would maintain funding through the middle of next year. But in some ways, the damage already had been done. States were bracing for […]
By Curtis Tate, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Department of Transportation announced fines Tuesday for three oil companies for not properly classifying the crude oil it loaded into rail cars. However, even if the oil had been properly labeled as more dangerous, it could still have been loaded into the same rail cars with a […]