U.S. Senator Tina Smith’s Statement on the BNSF Train Derailment

WASHINGTON, D.C. [03/30/23] — Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) issued the following statement in response to this morning’s BNSF train derailment in Raymond, Minnesota, and also announced she’s cosponsoring the legislation to improve railway safety standards:

“Thanks to the incredible first responders in Raymond and Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, this morning’s train derailment appears to be contained. I’m grateful for their quick response and leadership that kept Minnesotans safe. But today’s derailment is another reminder that Congress needs to act on rail safety now. I’m cosponsoring the bipartisan Railway Safety Act to enact commonsense rail safety measures and help prevent future disasters.”

The bipartisan Railway Safety Act was introduced earlier this month by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Senator JD Vance (R-Ohio) and is designed to improve safety requirements for trains transporting dangerous or hazardous material and help communities affected by derailments. The bill is also cosponsored by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), John Fetterman (D-Pa.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.).