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October 30, 2013

Rep. Mullin, bipartisan panel release freight transportation study findings


Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) today along with fellow members of the Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation, released findings from a study of the United States’ freight transportation system.
The only freshman member named to the Panel, Congressman Mullin cited the study as an opportunity to make our nation more competitive.
“If a business wants to remain competitive, it reinvests and improves upon itself,” said Mullin. “The same goes for our nation’s transportation system, especially when dealing with freight. Our goods must be moved in a timely, efficient manner, which requires a system that is up-to-date and up to standard.  We have to make investment in our freight transportation a priority if we want to continue to compete globally.” 
The 11-member bipartisan panel was created in April 2013 with the purpose of examining the condition of freight transportation throughout the country in order to identify the following:
• the role freight transportation plays in the U.S. economy
• ways to increase the efficiency, safety, and overall condition and performance of the nation’s freight network
• how technology assists in the movement of freight
• financing options for transportation projects that improve freight mobility.
Mullin was named to the Panel by House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster and Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II.
“I want to thank Chairman Shuster and Ranking Member Rahall for the opportunity to serve alongside my colleagues and work towards realistic solutions regarding freight transportation in a bipartisan way,” said Mullin. 
During their study, the Panel conducted a total of six public hearings and three roundtable discussions. The Panel also traveled to Tennessee, Virginia, California, and the New York City/Northern New Jersey region to meet with industry experts and see firsthand the various modes of freight transportation. 
As a result of their findings, the Panel made the following recommendations today.

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