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RAIL INDUSTRY URGES PENA'S SENATE CONFIRMATION

 WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is the text of a Jan. 6 letter from Edwin L. Harper, president and chief executive officer, Association of American Railroads, to Sen. Ernest F. Hollings (D-S.C.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, in support of the nomination of Federico Pena as U.S. secretary of transportation:
 The Association of American Railroads (AAR) enthusiastically endorses President-elect Clinton's selection of Federico F. Pena as the next secretary of transportation. America's railroads look forward to working with the secretary-designate as the incoming administration and Congress formulate plans to enhance the nation's infrastructure and to improve the economy.
 During his eight years as the mayor of Denver, Colo., Secretary- designate Pena compiled an impressive list of accomplishments, capped by a successful effort to construct a multi-billion dollar international airport. In the rail area, the secretary-designate has been a supporter of both freight and passenger transportation. As mayor, railroads consistently found him to be open and responsive to their needs and concerns.
 Likewise, AAR has extremely high regard for the transition team which Secretary-designate Pena has coordinated in his capacity as head of President-elect Clinton's transportation cluster group. Under the secretary-designate's leadership, the cluster group has undertaken a thorough review of federal transportation issues and has been accessible at all times to railroad representatives. AAR has been particularly pleased with the cluster group's interest in intermodalism and need of a balanced transportation policy.
 For these reasons, AAR is extremely pleased to support Secretary- designate Pena and urges the committee and the full Senate to approve his nomination in an expeditious fashion.
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 /CONTACT: Carol Perkins of the Association of American Railroads, 202-639-2552/


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