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Blumenthal: Government shutdown won’t stop Metro North hearing

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Commuters await trains in Stamford on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 – Day 7 of the Metro-North meltdown. Photo: Joshua O'Connell via Twitter (@jjofriends)

Commuters await trains in Stamford on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 – Day 7 of the Metro-North meltdown. Photo: Joshua O’Connell via Twitter (@jjofriends)

The federal government is shut down and many congressional staffers are temporarily out of work, but Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal says that won’t keep him from investigating the power problems that have crippled Metro North in the past week.

Blumenthal said last week that he wanted the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to look into the power problems.

But in an interview with The Connecticut Post this afternoon, he said it’s uncertain when that hearing will be held.

The Democratic senator said the “vast majority” of the committee’s staff has been furloughed for the shutdown. And he said that two-thirds of his personal staff in Washington and Connecticut are also out of work until Congress passes a new funding bill.

Blumenthal said that he’ll keep pressing for a hearing, even if it happens after Oct. 7, when Metro North said it might be operating normally again.

“I will lose absolutely no motivation or determination to do this hearing and conduct a full and aggressive congressional inquiry,” he said. “There are other similar substation and feeder cables at other points on the line and the question is where will the next crisis or breakdown be?”

 

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Wes Duplantier

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