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  • Legislative Outlook , TCU July 14, 2017

    President Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Ronald L. Batory to be the Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration

    Ronald L. Batory  has more than 45 years of diverse leadership in the railroad industry. In his last capacity with Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail), he served as President and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that, he was President of the Belt Railway Company of Chicago. Mr. Batory earned his B.A. from Adrian College and his

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  • Legislative Outlook , TCU June 12, 2017

    TCU files comments on NAFTA renegotiations

    On Monday, June 12th, TCU/IAM National President Bob Scardelletti filed comments with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on their proposal to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). President Scardelletti urged the Trump Administration not to change laws and regulations to allow brake inspections and maintenance to take place in Mexico,

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  • Legislative Outlook , TCU June 7, 2017

    New Campaign to Defend Amtrak Long-Distance Trains – #Rally4Trains

    The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) launched a new campaign – Towns Without Trains – in an effort to organize against President Trump’s plans to eliminate Amtrak’s long-distance service. On the weekend of June 23rd, the campaign aims to spur local rallies all across the country to tell Congress to keep and support Amtrak’s long-distance service. Over 220

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  • Legislative Outlook May 26, 2017

    OneRail Coalition Asks Congress For Infrastructure Spending

    The OneRail coalition sent a letter to the heads of the House and Senate Budget Committees asking them to boost infrastructure spending. The letter acknowledges the difficult choices facing budget writers and appropriators, but reminds elected officials of the great return-on-investment that infrastructure spending provides to the general public.  OneRail Coalition Letter to Budget Committees

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  • Legislative Outlook , TCU May 25, 2017

    Trump Budget Will Cost Jobs

      President Trump released his budget proposal for FY18, and it’s devastating for TCU members.  Some highlights include: Eliminates Amtrak Long-Distance service – Trump’s budget cuts Amtrak’s overall funding in half, from $1.404 billion annually to $774 million. Trump’s budget states that “long distance trains do not serve a vital transportation purpose, and are a

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