President Trump has finally announced his nominees to the Surface Transportation Board (STB).
In a recent letter
, ISRI joined with a number of other organizations urging the White House to make these nominations. This allows the STB to begin addressing the rail service problems that are impacting scrap processors throughout the nation. Once a quorum is established, the STB may address the stalled ferrous scrap and steel exemption that ISRI was able to get onto the regulatory agenda in 2016.
The nominees are as follows:
Patrick J. Fuchs of Wisconsin, to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board for a five-year term. Mr. Fuchs is a senior professional staff member working on surface transportation and maritime issues for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation under the leadership of Chairman John Thune of South Dakota. Mr. Fuchs has played an integral role in the development and enactment of major railroad legislation, including the first reauthorization of the Surface Transportation Board since its creation in 1996 and the first passenger rail reauthorization in over seven years. Prior to serving Chairman Thune, he was a policy analyst and Presidential Management Fellow at the Office of Management and Budget, where he managed railroad and maritime regulatory reviews. He graduated with distinction in economics and political science and earned an M.P.A. from the University of Wisconsin, where he received the Director's Achievement Award for his outstanding academic record. Mr. Fuchs and his wife, Katherine, were born and raised in Wisconsin.
Michelle A. Schultz of Pennsylvania, to be a Member of the Surface Transportation Board for a five-year term. Ms. Schultz is a deputy general counsel at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority ("SEPTA"). Before joining SEPTA in 2006, Ms. Schultz was an associate with a law firm in Philadelphia. Additionally, she clerked for the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Ms. Schultz holds a B.A. in English from the Pennsylvania State University; a J.D. from Widener University School of Law; and a Master of Governmental Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.
ISRI advocated for these nominees, making this one of the primary issues for during our January fly-in when ISRI members met with several U.S. senators. If the nominees are approved, the STB will still not have a full Board, but it will have the necessary number to have a quorum and move forward on key issues.
For more information on the nominees and how you advocate for the industry, contact Billy Johnson.