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Marco Rubio slams Buttigieg after Transportation secretary accuses GOP lawmaker of calling for deregulation

Senator Marco Rubio, Republican Florida, and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg exchanged views on Twitter Tuesday about a flaming train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.

Republican lawmakers accused Buttigieg of missing in a train derailment and then supposedly lied about his past support for deregulation.

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Referring to Buttigieg’s 2020 presidential run, Rubio said, “He is incompetent and focused only on fantasizing about his political future and needs to be fired.” .

Buttigieg countered that Rubio had signed a letter “clearly drafted by railway industry lobbyists.”

Buttigieg tweeted, “This supports waivers that reduce visual inspections of trucks. Now vote for increased rail safety accountability and fines?”

Giving examples of what Congress can help, he writes:

Buttigieg points to the railroad industry after the Ohio train derailment.Republican Officials Cite Biden’s Control Policy

Buttigieg announces a series of reforms after warning Norfolk Southern, the railroad responsible for the derailment, to fulfill its promise to clean up the chaos just outside East Palestine, Ohio, and help the town recover. Then a round trip happened. The Department of Transportation said it would hold the railroad company accountable for the safety violations that led to the incident near the Pennsylvania border on February 3.

This video screenshot released by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) shows the scene of a derailed freight train in East Palestine, Ohio, USA.

This video screenshot released by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) shows the scene of a derailed freight train in East Palestine, Ohio, USA. (Handout from Xinhua via NTSB/Getty Images)

“While ensuring the safety of those affected by this crash is our immediate priority, this is an important step to redouble our efforts to make future recurrences much less likely,” Buttigieg said. We must recognize that it is time.

Government data show derailment accidents have declined in recent years, but there were still 1,049 last year.

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Buttigieg said railroad and tank car owners will not wait to comply with the 2029 standard, which Congress finally approved after regulators proposed earlier deadlines, but rather by 2025. He said plans to upgrade tankers carrying flammable liquids such as ethanol should be accelerated. He also said freight rail lines need to reach more agreements to provide employees with paid sick leave to prevent fatigue.

In fact, American railroads Deregulation under the Carter Administration1980.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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