Congress aims to speed action on Metro safety
The region’s congressional delegation introduced a joint resolution to approve a Metro Safety Commission — a step meant to hasten action from Maryland and Virginia, which, along with the District, suffered financial penalties last week for missing a federal deadline to create the agency.
The legislation grants “the consent and approval of Congress” to the jurisdictions to launch the safety oversight commission and also details the structure and governance of the agency, reiterating language that appeared in legislation passed two months ago by the D.C. Council.
The process has taken longer in Maryland and Virginia, where general assemblies only took up the legislation in recent weeks.
The lead sponsors of the resolution are Sen. Tim Kaine (DVa.) and Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (DMd.). All other members of the region’s House and Senate delegations have signed on as well.
“I’m all for union protections. I also want [management] to be able to operate the system.”
Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.)