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NEW ORLEANS, LA. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) chaired a small business field hearing at the Port of New Orleans today to get feedback on how rail shipping regulations are impacting businesses.

The hearing tackled safety and cost issues facing railroads, shippers and manufacturers.  Hearing participants included officials with New Orleans Public Belt Railroad and the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry.

“The rail system is important to Louisiana and to Louisiana jobs.  Regulations have to be fair and cost efficient.  At the same time, they have to keep the public safe.  We need to work together to promote competition and grow our economy.  This isn’t an issue that’s going to make headlines, but it’s hugely important,” said Sen. Kennedy.  “The biggest issue is public safety.  After that comes cost and efficiency.  I’ll take back what I heard today to the rest of the committee.”