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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today applauded Representative Rick Larsen for significantly improving the Republican pipeline safety bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Today, the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved Congressman Larsen's pipeline safety legislation.

Murray is hopeful that Larsen's efforts will finally bring the House to act on an important issue to Washington state and the nation.

Statement by Senator Murray:

"Today Representative Rick Larsen has dramatically improved and strengthened pipeline safety legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives. Because of his work, the House will finally act on one of the most important safety issues facing our communities.

Rick Larsen's perseverance on the issue has pushed the House to act, and his leadership has strengthened the bill with a number of tough new safeguards.

It has been almost three years since the Bellingham accident. It has also been more than two years since I introduced the first comprehensive pipeline safety legislation in the Senate. While the Senate has passed legislation three times, opponents to pipeline safety have stymied those efforts in the House. The time has come for the House to respond to Senate action and pass comprehensive pipeline safety legislation, and Rick Larsen is the reason why.

This is an important amendment. It incorporates essential state oversight of pipeline testing and local input into pipeline management plans. It also strengthens communities' right-to-know, includes funding for local emergency preparedness, and will improve operator qualifications.

Representative Larsen has put an enormous amount of time and energy into this issue. I know how dedicated he is to making pipelines safer and ensuring that no community ever again has to face a tragedy like the one that occurred in Bellingham. Thanks to Rick's hard work and leadership, our communities may soon get the protections and safeguards that are so critically needed."