Freight Rail Service: Improving the Performance of America’s Rail System

September 10, 2014

253 Russell Senate Office Building

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller, IV, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today announced a Full Committee hearing on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. titled, “Freight Rail Service: Improving the Performance of America’s Rail System.”

The hearing will focus on rail service issues throughout the country, including congestion and locomotive and railcar shortages. Stakeholders will discuss the impacts of rail service issues on various industries and the economy.

The following witnesses have been invited to testify:

  • Mr. Arthur Neal, Deputy Administrator of the Transportation and Marketing Program at the Agricultural Marketing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Mr. Jerry Cope, Vice President of Marketing, Dakota Mill & Grain, Inc. on behalf of the National Grain and Feed Association 
  • Mr. Calvin (Cal) Dooley, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Chemistry Council
  • Mr. Shane Karr, Vice President of Federal Government Affairs, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
  • Mr. Ed Hamberger, President and Chief Executive Officer, Association of American Railroads

Please note the hearing will be webcast live via the Senate Commerce Committee website. Refresh the Commerce Committee homepage 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to automatically begin streaming the webcast.

Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid or service, including closed captioning service for the webcast hearing, should contact Stephanie Gamache at 202-224-5511 at least three business days in advance of the hearing date.

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Webcast

Majority Statement

  • Chairman John D. Rockefeller IV

Minority Statement

  • Ranking Member John R Thune

Witness Panel 1

  • Mr. Arthur Neal

    Deputy Administrator of the Transportation and Marketing Program at the Agricultural Marketing Service
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Mr. Jerry Cope

    Vice President of Marketing,
    Dakota Mill & Grain, Inc. on behalf of the National Grain and Feed Association
    Cope Testimony.pdf (597.66 KB)
  • Mr. Calvin (Cal) Dooley

    President and Chief Executive Officer
    American Chemistry Council
  • Mr. Shane Karr

    Vice President of Federal Government Affairs
    Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
  • Mr. Ed Hamberger

    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Association of American Railroads