Buttigeig With One Big ‘But’ Will Visit Ohio – Watch
The recent surge in train derailments in the Midwest has caused widespread concern and has put Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg’s handling of the situation under close scrutiny. On Monday night, a Union Pacific train derailed near Gothenburg, Nebraska, spilling coal across the tracks and raising even more questions about Sec. Buttigieg’s ability to keep the nation’s trains running safely.
The derailment in Gothenburg is the third in the Midwest over the past few weeks, and comes just days before Sec. Buttigieg’s announced visit to the site of a toxic train derailment in Ohio. Locals are concerned about the safety of their communities in the wake of the derailments, and many have expressed their displeasure with the way the Transportation Secretary has handled the situation.
Republican leaders have been particularly outspoken in their criticism of Sec. Buttigieg’s handling of the train derailments. Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio recently tweeted that he was “deeply concerned” about the Secretary’s “reluctance” to take meaningful action to address the derailments. “We need answers, not platitudes and visits,” he wrote.
The Gothenburg derailment is the latest incident to raise questions about the safety of the nation’s train system. Republican leaders have called on Sec. Buttigieg to provide detailed answers about the causes of the derailments and what steps he is taking to ensure the safety of trains in the Midwest.
As the Transportation Secretary visits the site of the Ohio derailment, Republicans are urging him to take immediate and decisive action to prevent future derailments and to ensure the safety of all passengers. Sec. Buttigieg must demonstrate that he is capable of providing the leadership and oversight needed to ensure the safety of the nation’s trains.
18 days after the toxic train derailment in Ohio, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg tells a local TV station he's still "planning to come" visit at some point — but can't say when pic.twitter.com/l1bd6PWcgt
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) February 21, 2023