Michael Rulli calls on Pete Buttigieg to resign over 'lack of action' in East Palestine derailment
Ohio Senator, Michael Rulli is calling on the resignation of U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg due to a "lack of action" in the recent train derailment in East Palestine.
"I think his response is the last straw. He's already proven over the last two years that he's incompetent in his job. They call him Pothole Pete for a reason. He should not be in this position. He has not even come close to being near ground zero and he should be ashamed," Rulli said during an interview with Fox News.
According to a press release, Rulli is drafting legislation to take care of residents needs he claims are being "completely ignored by the federal government." Rulli went on to claim that the federal government is "nowhere to be found."
Despite these claims, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been on scene, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the derailment, both of which are federal agencies.
Additionally, President Biden announced on Friday that more federal assistance is coming to East Palestine including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and CDC sending a team of medical personnel and toxicologists to conduct public health testing and assessments.
21 News has reached out to Senator Rulli via email and phone to clarify what these comments meant, and for more details on his proposed legislation, but we have not heard back as of this writing.
According to the release, Rulli has visited the derailment site numerous times since the incident speaking to families.
"I have single moms that have four or five kids living next to the railroad track crying in the streets. It is so much than the federal government understands," Rulli said.
Rulli also praised Second Harvest Food Bank for providing six trailers of bottled water, which is currently being passed out to residents in the village.