Show-Me Connections To Train Safety Delay
Really great article here regarding train safety or the lack thereof . . .
INFLUENCE GAME: Train Safety Move Delayed Decades
Premise . . .
"Despite a rash of deadly train crashes, the railroad industry's allies in Congress are trying to push back the deadline for installing technology to prevent the most catastrophic types of collisions until at least 2020, half a century after accident investigators first called for such safety measures."
And now the local connection to a bill that would extend a railroad safety deadline . . .
"Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., one of the bill's three original co-sponsors, has received $201,969 in rail industry contributions. Berkshire Hathaway, the parent company of BNSF, the nation's second-largest freight railroad, donated an additional $45,117. Blunt's chief of staff, Glenn Chambers, is the son of prominent railroad industry lobbyist Ray Chambers. Ray Chambers said he doesn't discuss legislation with his son.
"Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., another co-sponsor, has received $455,995 in rail industry contributions, including $41,768 from Kansas City Southern, which is headquartered in Kansas City, Mo. The third co-sponsor, Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., has received $412,500 in contributions."
Please keep pretending there's a difference betwixt Republicans and Democrats as the sound of trains traveling through Kansas City allegedly signal a lack of gov regulation according to the industry's harshest critics.