WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 2, 2021 – Ian Jefferies, president and CEO of the Association of American Railroads, issued the following statement on the Senate confirmation of Pete Buttigieg to serve as the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

“Secretary Buttigieg’s clearly stated support for our nation’s rail network is welcome by AAR and its members. Together, we can make meaningful progress on building back our economy, driving down emissions and maintaining the nation’s global competitiveness. The AAR and its members congratulate Secretary Buttigieg on his confirmation and stand ready to partner with him on sensible, sustainable infrastructure policies to keep our country moving forward.”

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