Bought By Oil – North Dakota Republicans Kill Train Safety Inspections Because ‘Accidents Are Gonna Happen’

by WENDY GITTLESON – At a certain point in time, Republicans are going to have to admit that they have absolutely no purpose. It’s not to fix the economy and it’s certainly not to help the American people. It’s not just Washington Republicans who do nothing, it also happens in middle America where in North Dakota, the Republican-controlled state House killed a bill that would allow for rail and train safety. Why? Well, they’re taking a page from the NRA playbook and saying, “accidents are gonna happen.” The train safety program was removed from the Public Service Commission budget by the House Appropriations Committee. “Would this guarantee any more safety? We would hope it would, but it wouldn’t. Accidents are gonna happen. It’s unfortunate,” Republican state Rep. Jeff Delzer said, noted the Bismarck Tribune. Democrat state Rep. Kenton Onstad countered, “That’s like saying, ‘Why should we have highway patrolmen ‘cuz...

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