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05-S1379 on Jul 11, 2005

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: giving higher priority to rail security
Source: Rail Security Act (S.1379/H.R.153)
OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: A bill to provide increased rail transportation security.

SPONSOR'S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: Sen. McCAIN: We must do what is possible to protect Americans at home. Our Nation's transit system, Amtrak, and the freight railroads, I am sad to say, remain vulnerable to terrorist attacks. Though we have increased dramatically our security capabilities since 9/11, we have more to do. In fact, the Department of Homeland Security has not yet completed a vulnerability assessment for the rail system, nor is there an integrated security plan that reflects the unique characteristics of passenger and freight rail operations.

This legislation would authorize resources to ensure rail transportation security receives a high priority in our efforts to secure our country from terrorism. The legislation directs DHS to complete a vulnerability assessment for the rail system and make recommendations for addressing security weaknesses within 180 days of enactment.

LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Referred to Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; never came to a vote.


  • Topic: Homeland Security
  • Headline: Give higher priority to rail security
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill giving higher priority to rail security

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Democrats participating in 05-S1379

Gary Ackerman s1oNew York Dem./Ind./Lib. (Retiring 2012) 
Timothy Bishop s1oNew York Democrat 
Earl Blumenauer s1oOregon Democrat 
G.K. Butterfield s1oNorth Carolina Democrat 
Julia Carson s1oIndiana Former Dem. (Deceased 2008) 
John Conyers s1oMichigan Democrat 
Elijah Cummings s1oMaryland Democrat 
Eliot Engel s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Barney Frank s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Charles Gonzalez s1oTexas Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Raul Grijalva s1oArizona Democrat 
Rush Holt s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Sheila Jackson Lee s1oTexas Democrat 
Stephanie Tubbs Jones s1oOhio Former Dem. (Deceased, 2008) 
Barbara Lee s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Dan Lipinski s1oIllinois Democrat 
Carolyn Maloney s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Ed Markey s1oMA Democratic Challenger 
Carolyn McCarthy s1oNew York Dem./Ind./Working-Families 
Jim McDermott s1oWashington Democrat 
Jim McGovern s1oMassachusetts Democrat 
Robert Menendez s2pNew Jersey Democrat 
Jerrold Nadler s1oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Eleanor Holmes Norton s1oDistrict of Columbia Democrat 
Major Owens s1oNew York Democrat (until 2007) 
Frank Pallone s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Bill Pascrell s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Donald Payne s1oNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012) 
Steven Rothman s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Tim Ryan s1oOhio Democrat 
Jan Schakowsky s1oIllinois Democrat 
Adam Schiff s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Jose Serrano s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Louise Slaughter s1oNew York Democrat 
Ed Towns s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal (Retiring) 
Anthony Weiner s1oNew York Former Democrat(Resigned 2011) 



Republicans participating in 05-S1379

John McCain s2pAZ Republican Sr Senator 



Independents participating in 05-S1379

Joe Biden s1oDE Vice President 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 36
Republicans: 1
Independents: 1


















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