Senate Commerce Committee Announces Hearing on Passenger and Freight Rail

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled, “Passenger and Freight Rail: The Current Status of the Rail Network and the Track Ahead,” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 21. The hearing will examine the current state of the passenger and freight rail network, including impacts of COVID-19 and legislative considerations for surface transportation reauthorization.

Witness Panel 1:

  • Mr. William Flynn, President and Chief Executive Officer, Amtrak
  • Mr. Paul Tuss, Executive Director, Bear Paw Developing Corporation and Member, Montana Economic Developers Association

Witness Panel 2:

  • Mr. Frank Chirumbole, Vice President Global Supply Chain, Olin Corporation on behalf of American Chemistry Council
  • Mr. Randy Gordon, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Grain and Feed Association
  • Mr. Kent Fountain, Chairman, National Cotton Council
  • Mr. Ian Jefferies, President and Chief Executive Officer, Association of American Railroads
  • Mr. Dennis Pierce, President, Teamsters Rail Conference

*Witness list subject to change

Hearing Details:

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

10:00 a.m.

Full Committee Hearing

This hearing will take place in the Russell Senate Office Building 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on