Fatigue bill reintroduced

CLEVELAND, August 15 -- Congressman Steven LaTourette has introduced a rail worker fatigue relief bill, H.R. 2596, in the U.S. House of Representatives that is identical to H.R. 3091, which he introduced in the last Congress.

H.R. 2596 was introduced before the August recess on July 23 and was referred to the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Railroads. The bill's purpose is to provide fatigue protection for operating employees by giving rail workers an optional 72 hours off duty after working or being available to work for seven consecutive days.

H.R. 3091 was introduced in the 106th Congress and died in the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee at the end of the 2000 session. It had 202 cosponsors.

The House of Representatives is in recess until after Labor Day. The BLE is asking all members to call their member of Congress in their district office and urge them to support this much needed legislation.

Contact information for members of Congress can be found in the blue pages of your local phone book, by calling the Congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121, or by looking on the U.S. House website at:


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August 15, 2001


2001 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers