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Walz gets post on House railroad subcommittee

Rep. Tim Walz has been named vice chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, which is part of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. The full committee, of course, is chaired by another Minnesotan, Rep. James Oberstar.

Said Oberstar of the appointment: “[Walz] is respected as a hard worker who is focused on real solutions, I am happy to see him gaining prominence and respect in our committee and in the House.”

The railroad assignment will be of much interest to Walz's constituents, with proposals for a high-speed train to run somewhere through the southeastern Minnesota district, and controversy over a proposed railroad bypass south of Rochester.

Walz also serves on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, Agriculture Committee and the Congressional Executive Commission on China.

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