Ranking Member Raskin Presses Chairman Comer for a September Hearing on Norfolk Southern Derailment

Jul 12, 2023
Press Release
Hearing Request Follows Norfolk Southern’s Failure to Comply With Committee Democrats’ Congressional Investigation Into East Palestine Disaster

Washington, D.C. (July 12, 2023)—Today, Rep. Jamie Raskin, Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Accountability, urged Chairman James Comer to hold a public hearing with Norfolk Southern.  Raskin made the request Norfolk Southern’s failure to provide critical information requested by Committee Democrats in their investigation into the company’s dangerous train derailment on February 3, 2023, in East Palestine, OH.  Since Committee Democrats launched their investigation into the Norfolk Southern derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, several Norfolk Southern trains have derailed across the country.



On March 1, 2023, Ranking Member Raskin and Subcommittee Ranking Members Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Rep. Cori Bush, Rep. Kweisi Mfume, Rep. Katie Porter, and Rep. Robert Garcia, sent a letter to Chairman James Comer urging him to seek answers from Norfolk Southern, the owner and operator of the derailed train in East Palestine, Ohio, about its role in and response to the accident. 


On March 5, 2023, Oversight Committee Democrats sent a letter to the CEO of Norfolk Southern, Alan Shaw, after Committee Republicans’ refusal to send a public letter to Norfolk Southern despite evidence of the company’s longstanding history of prioritizing profits over safety.


On March 9, 2023, during a full Committee hearing, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez highlighted the urgent need for transparency and for Chairman Comer to hold a public hearing on the East Palestine, Ohio train derailment.  


On March 16, 2023, Ranking Member Raskin urged Chairman Comer to hold a public hearing with Norfolk Southern following a closed-door staff briefing with company lawyers, which failed to address many of Committee Democrats’ outstanding questions. 


On June 22, 2023, Oversight Committee Democrats renewed their repeated requests for responsive information after revealing that Norfolk Southern purposely evaded and misled Committee Democrats and used the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) investigation as a shield to impede Congressional oversight.



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