Rep. Johnson criticizes Biden administration for East Palestine derailment response
Valley Congressman Bill Johnson is criticizing the Biden Administration for allegedly not caring about the village of East Palestine as cleanup continues at the site of the toxic train derailment.
Johnson spoke with us on 21 News at 5 ahead of a field hearing he's conducting with community and rail industry leaders to try and get answers for people who still feel uneasy more than six months after the incident.
He says the administration is dragging its feet and is concerned that Governor Mike DeWine's request for help is going unheard.
"I'm very curious as to why the administration is dragging its feet, from the president's visit that hasn't happened yet to responding to the request for an emergency declaration, Rep. Johnson said. "All I can tell you is that it doesn't seem that the administration cares very much about what happens in East Palestine. That's the conclusion that I have come to."
President Biden recently said he has not had the occasion to come to East Palestine.
Johnson's field hearing is set for Friday, September 22.