FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – After a busy three months within the nation’s capital, Republican Consultant Jim Banks (IN-3) got here dwelling on a recess week. Whereas on the town, he stopped by WANE 15 to speak in regards to the state of affairs with Norfolk Southern, his invoice to carry large tech firms accountable in addition to his plans to go to the border.
Stopped Norfolk Southern Trains
For the previous couple of months, WANE 15 has obtained quite a few complaints about trains blocking streets in Allen County.
A overwhelming majority of those complaints are coming from New Haven the place some residents declare that they’ve seen youngsters crawl below the prepare after leaving faculty. Only a few weeks in the past, New Haven’s Mayor Steve McMichael mentioned the city is working to come up with a solution with Norfolk Southern.
Nonetheless, resulting from an Indiana Supreme Court docket ruling, the town and state can’t implement any penalties or ordinances towards the corporate. With the Interstate Commerce Fee Termination Act (“ICCTA”) and Federal Railroad Security act, a repair will take an act of Congress.
Banks informed WANE 15’s Briana Brownlee that he does consider progress is being made and his workplace is making an attempt to be a catalyst to convey the completely different gamers collectively.
“I’m hopeful that these conditions received’t happen sooner or later. I want there was extra I may do about it, however by bringing the federal regulators into the image to satisfy with the railroad and the mayor I feel we’re making nice progress,” Rep. Banks mentioned. “It’s harmful, it’s dangerous for enterprise, it’s dangerous for New Haven and hopefully it stops.”
A couple of weeks in the past, Norfolk Southern did reply to the overwhelming quantity of complaints.
“We’re evaluating our operations and addressing points,” mentioned Derek Sublette of Norfolk Southern. “We look ahead to implementing options the place attainable. We admire drivers’ endurance in coping with this example.”
New Haven mentioned residents mustn’t name 911 to report trains which might be blocking intersections. As a substitute, blocked tracks might be reported at https://www.fra.dot.gov/blockedcrossings/ or by calling Norfolk Southern at 800-635-5768.
Banks’ invoice on large tech reform
Congressman Jim Banks believes sufficient is sufficient and it’s time for Huge Tech firms to be held accountable.
He, together with eight Republican Research Committee members, plan on doing this with the Cease Shielding Culpable Platforms Act. This invoice will reform Part 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which can strip away protections that stop tech firms from being sued.
Part 230 is taken into account an important legislation for the web as a result of it protects tech giants like Twitter and Fb from being held chargeable for content material their customers submit.
It was handed by Congress again in 1996 and its unique intent was to assist the web thrive. Now, 25 years later, the web is booming and continues to develop and tech giants have turn into highly effective.
With this legislation, social media platforms like Twitter and Fb can’t be sued for what their customers submit. Nonetheless, Congressman Banks believes it’s time for giant tech to cease working above the legislation.
“What my invoice would deal with is that when these firms knowingly permit or enlisted or unlawful materials like little one pornography to be posted on their platform and don’t do something about it and knowingly permit it to remain up they need to be chargeable for it,” Rep. Banks mentioned. “So my invoice will make clear it, and say when you knowingly submit or permit for it to be posted you may be held accountable.”
Republicans aren’t the one ones calling for legislators to tighten the grip on tech firms, Democrats have additionally introduced their on laws with the SAFE TECH Act.
Disaster on the border
One other key concern for Rep. Banks is the “disaster” on the border. With the surge of migrants making an attempt to enter america, lawmakers from each events have been visiting the southern border. Congressman Banks mentioned he plans to go to in just a few weeks to see the state of affairs himself.
“I used to be there six or seven months in the past in Arizona, now I’ll be touring to Texas to go speak to officers there about what is happening,” Rep. Banks defined. “It’s a humanitarian disaster and it’s one thing that now we have to handle.”
Final yr when Rep. Banks visited the border he met with border management brokers and drug enforcement company. He mentioned he’s centered on drug cartels pumping medicine into america.
“It’s one thing that deeply troubles me,” Rep. Banks mentioned. “The Biden administration proper off the bat stopped the development of the wall, however they did one thing that was lots worst than that. They reinstitute the catch and launch coverage that was in impact below Obama and President Trump stopped.”
The “catch and launch” coverage is when migrants are launched again into america whereas awaiting a listening to in immigration courtroom, against being held in an immigration detention middle or sending them again to their native nation.
President Biden mentioned the climate and circumstances in migrants’ dwelling international locations are responsible for the surge. At his first official information convention Thursday, the president mentioned he won’t apologize for reversing a few of his predecessor’s insurance policies. He additionally vowed to open new amenities to chop down on overcrowding.