(FeaturedNews.com) – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) called the site of the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio a “potential crime scene,” and has criticized House Republicans for not holding a hearing on the derailment.
During a House Oversight and Accountability hearing on Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez stated that “this committee needs to hold a hearing on the derailment in East Palestine.” In the meantime, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has been questioning the CEO of Norfolk Southern Railway.
The federal government has faced a lot of backlash following the train derailment which led to a toxic chemical spill in the area. Following the spill, there were many concerns about the incident leading to an environmental and public health disaster.
Ocasio-Cortez further noted that Norfolk Southern should not be allowed to be a part of the cleanup efforts, stating that usually people are not allowed to “return to the scene of a crime.”
Federal investigators have already started a probe into the company’s safety measures and Pennsylvania is looking into whether criminal charges need to be filed following the derailment.
Ocasio-Cortez’s call for a hearing on the derailment came during an Oversight panel investigation into the Office of Personnel Management, which is part of the GOP’s more intense oversight over the Biden administration now that the GOP holds the House majority.
Ocasio-Cortez said during the panel, “Evidence is evaporating, and people are getting sick … it’s not even partisan, because in my view… both parties are failing at this moment to address the needs of people.”
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