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Federal Railroad Administration seriously underfunded

New York -- The Federal Railroad Administration, the administration that oversees the nations railway system, is seriously underfunded and unable to inspect existing and future railway safety programs, Senators Charles Schumer and Richard Blumenthal revealed Sunday.

The agency has the funds to inspect 1 percent of the railways across the country.

Senators Schumer and Blumenthal will fight for more money for the administration in the coming fiscal year, so the agency can hire 45 more inspectors.

The budget sequester cut $9 million from the Federal Railroad Administrations budget in the 2013 fiscal year.

If we want to prevent tragic accidents like the one we just saw in New York, we have to make sure that the agency responsible for rail safety in this country is not woefully underfunded, Senator Schumer said in a statement. This months derailment should serve as a wakeup call, reminding us that we need to dedicate real resources to the railroads main oversight agency so they can hire enough inspectors to ensure the safety of rail passengers across the country.


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