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

Chairman

Daniel Lipinski

IL 03

Democrats

  • Albio Sires - NJ 08 Picture of Albio Sires
  • Donald M. Payne Jr. - NJ 10 Picture of Donald M. Payne Jr.
  • Lizzie Fletcher - TX 7 Picture of Lizzie Fletcher
  • Elijah E. Cummings - MD 07 Picture of Elijah E. Cummings
  • André Carson - IN 07 Picture of André Carson
  • Frederica S. Wilson - FL 24 Picture of Frederica S. Wilson
  • Mark DeSaulnier - CA 11 Picture of Mark DeSaulnier
  • Stephen Lynch - MA 8 Picture of Stephen Lynch
  • Tom Malinowski  - NJ 7 Picture of Tom Malinowski
  • Grace F. Napolitano - CA 32 Picture of Grace F. Napolitano
  • Steve Cohen - TN 09 Picture of Steve Cohen
  • Jesús  García  - IL 4 Picture of Jesús  García
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton - DC Picture of Eleanor Holmes Norton
  • Eddie Bernice Johnson - TX 30 Picture of Eddie Bernice Johnson
  • Alan Lowenthal - CA 47 Picture of Alan Lowenthal
  • Colin  Allred  - TX 32 Picture of Colin  Allred
  • Angie Craig - MN 2 Picture of Angie Craig
  • Peter A. DeFazio (Ex Officio) - OR 04 Picture of Peter A. DeFazio (Ex Officio)

Ranking Member

Rick Crawford

AR 01

Republicans

  • Scott Perry - PA 10 Picture of Scott Perry
  • Rodney Davis - IL 13 Picture of Rodney Davis
  • Brian Babin - TX 36 Picture of Brian Babin
  • Mike Bost - IL 12 Picture of Mike Bost
  • Randy Weber - TX 14 Picture of Randy Weber
  • Doug LaMalfa - CA 01 Picture of Doug LaMalfa
  • Lloyd Smucker - PA 11 Picture of Lloyd Smucker
  • Paul Mitchell - MI 10 Picture of Paul Mitchell
  • Brian Fitzpatrick - PA - 1 Picture of Brian Fitzpatrick
  • Troy Balderson - OH - 12 Picture of Troy Balderson
  • Ross Spano - FL - 15 Picture of Ross Spano
  • Pete Stauber - MN - 8 Picture of Pete Stauber
  • Greg Pence - IN- 6 Picture of Greg Pence
  • Sam Graves - MO 06 Picture of Sam Graves