U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson said he was not injured when the Amtrak train he and dozens of other Republican lawmakers were on collided with a garbage truck on Wednesday.
Ferguson, who represents Carroll County, and his colleagues were traveling to a GOP retreat when the incident occurred in Virginia. One of the passengers in the truck died while severe injuries were reported from others in the truck and on the train.
The National Transportation Safety Board has taken over the investigation.
Ferguson said he was unharmed, and that doctors on board assisted the injured.
“Please join me in praying for all those injured in the accident,” Ferguson said. “The first responders have been incredible, and we are deeply grateful for their service.”
Meanwhile, Ferguson has been focusing on health care, abortion and taxes, issues he said he pledged to address when he campaigned in Carroll County.
On Thursday, he addressed the Treasury Department’s release of updated tax withholding tables based on the policy changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The new withholding tables will update the way employers calculate employees’ take-home pay.
“I have long said that Americans know how to spend their hard-earned money far better than bureaucrats here in Washington, and I am anxious for all Americans to be able to reap the benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” he said.
The Internal Revenue Service encouraged employers to implement the new withholding tables quickly but said they should be in place no later than Feb. 15. Workers will see changes reflected in their paychecks after employers adopt the new withholding tables.
Last month Ferguson voted to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, a bill that would make it mandatory for health care practitioners to care for a baby who survives an attempted abortion in the same way as other children born alive at the same age. The bill passed in the House by a vote of 241-183.
Ferguson is also a co-sponsor of the Sanctity of Human Life Act which would define human life as beginning at conception.
“I am committed to the truth that life begins at conception,” he said. “I am proud to have supported legislation like the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act which promotes a culture that values and treasures life.”
Last week, he voted in favor of a short-term continuing resolution to continue funding the government through Feb. 8 and reauthorize the Children’s Healthcare Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years.
The continuing resolution also delays the implementation of the medical device tax and “Cadillac” tax. The continuing resolution also delays the implementation of the medical device tax and “Cadillac” tax.
“It is our constitutional duty to fund the government, and I’m glad that we have been able to make it past this unnecessary and counter-productive hurdle,” said Ferguson. “I applaud Speaker Ryan and Leader McConnell for standing firm to ensure that we can work to resolve important legislative issues without holding government funding, military readiness and programs that support our most vulnerable hostage to political games.”