TFI Praises STB Nominees; Urges Swift Confirmation


April 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) President Chris Jahn today called on the U.S. Senate to quickly confirm the Trump Administration’s two nominees for the Surface Transportation Board (STB).

“The confirmation of Mr. Patrick Fuchs and Ms. Michelle Schultz will allow the STB to operate at near full capacity and enact reforms necessary to help farmers, agribusinesses and manufacturers be more competitive in the global marketplace,” said Jahn. “It has been far too long since the STB was fully staffed.”

“Mr. Fuchs and Ms. Schultz will make great additions to the STB due to their extensive knowledge, expertise and proven leadership abilities,” Jahn added, noting that Fuchs has worked extensively on surface transportation issues while serving as a professional staffer on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Schultz proved herself by serving as a deputy general counsel at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), the nation’s fifth largest transportation system. Their combined legal and policy experience will enhance STB’s efforts to update its oversight of the modern-day rail marketplace.

“The fertilizer industry depends on safe, reliable and cost-effective rail transportation to deliver fertilizer year round, which is essential to U.S. food production,” said Jahn. “I urge the Senate to act quickly in confirming Mr. Fuchs and Ms. Schultz.”

Jahn’s statement comes ahead of an April 11 Nomination Hearing by the Senate Commerce Committee. TFI had previously voiced support for the two nominees in a joint letter sent to committee leadership in March of this year and signed by 20 additional organizations in the fertilizer and agribusiness community.


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