We need to reauthorize the nation’s pipeline safety law

Before I was elected to Congress in 1986, I worked for President Reagan and learned the importance of finding bipartisan solutions to the challenges facing the nation. President Reagan worked across the aisle with the Democrats who held the House throughout his entire presidency. He always fought for what was right — regardless the party. And when the people of southwest Michigan sent me to Congress, I vowed to practice the lessons I learned from our 40th President on every single issue that crossed my desk.

One issue that’s deeply personal to me is pipeline safety. It’s personal to anyone who has had to deal with a pipeline accident in their home state. In July 2010, a pipeline burst and spilled into the Kalamazoo River in southwest Michigan. It was one of the largest inland oil spills in American history, costing a billion dollars to clean up…read more

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