Passenger and Freight Rail: The Current Status of the Rail Network and the Track Ahead

October 21, 2020

253 Russell Senate Office Building

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

In order to maintain physical distancing as advised by the Office of the Attending Physician, seating for credentialed press will be limited throughout the course of the hearing. Due to current limited access to the Capitol complex, the general public is encouraged to view this hearing via the live stream.


Minority Statement

  • Ranking Member Maria Cantwell

Witness Panel 1

Witness Panel 2