From the office of U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski:
MIKULSKI STATEMENT ON AMTRAK TRAIN DERAILMENT IN PHILADELPHIA
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today issued the following statement on this week’s deadly Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia:
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those lost in the tragic derailment of Amtrak 188. I want to express my condolences to all the families, especially those of Maryland residents, Abid Gilani and Bob Gildersleeve, and U.S Naval Academy Midshipman, Justin Zemzer. This is a particularly sad time for their families, communities, the Naval Academy community and all those affected by this terrible crash.
“My gratitude goes out to the first responders who have worked tirelessly to evacuate passengers and saved many lives following this disaster. And I give thanks to the passengers who helped other passengers in the terrible aftermath.
“Tens of thousands of passengers ride the Amtrak train along the Northeast corridor every day —this is a tragedy that impacts us all. I urge the NTSB to conduct its investigation thoroughly and quickly to ensure the safety of Maryland communities and provide answers for the families grieving today. Amtrak must get to the bottom of what went wrong and outline what steps they are taking to ensure it will never happen again.
“It’s outrageous that less than 24 hours after this terrible crash, the House voted to cut Amtrak funding by almost 20 percent. This is not the time for partisan bickering or nitpicking on the budget. Lives have been lost. Lives have been turned upside down. Commerce has been disrupted.
“This horrible crash is a wake-up call on the need to invest in our transportation infrastructure. I’ve consistently fought for funding of Amtrak infrastructure and rail safety. Now is the time to fund Amtrak. Passengers shouldn’t fear stepping on the train. They should have confidence that their train system is modern, safe and secure.”