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|Bustos Tours BNSF Railway, Comments on Syria
|17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos was in Galesburg Wednesday as part of her "Cheri on Shift" initiative to tour the BNSF Railway facility.
As part of her tour, Bustos says she job shadowed BNSF employees to better understand the Galesburg facility - which happens to be the largest employer in Knox County.
It was the first tour of the facility for Bustos who was joined by liaisons of BNSF and State Representative Don Moffitt.
She tells WGIL that she was pleased with the hiring taking place at the facility and says that, in her opinion, the option is there to grow the railway in Galesburg.
"There's been some tremendous growth and there's tremendous potential for future growth as well, so what our last words, Don's last words, my last words to the folks here at BNSF is how we can be of help at a federal level, how Don can be a help at a state level, we want to make sure that we're working together."
The Railway is currently in the process of lengthening the departure tracks - which were initially around 61-hundred feet and will lengthen three of the new departure tracks to around 10,000 feet.
Additional projects are expected to be completed in 2014. The Freshman Democrat also took some time during her stop to make comments on the escalating situation in Syria.
Bustos said she believes there will be loss of life in the Country regardless of what the United States decides - at one point describing the vote as the "toughest vote in [her] short tenure in Congress."
Bustos will sit through a classified briefing on Monday before deciding how to vote on the matter.
|09 04 13 by Newsroom
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