Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Mike Lee (R.C.) are pushing President Barack Obama to appoint an independent investigator to investigate Amtrak’s derailment in New Jersey, which left seven people dead.
The senators said they want an investigation of Amtrak’s role in the derailment that has been described as a terrorist attack by law enforcement and congressional Democrats.
The House passed the legislation last week, but the Senate is considering it.
The train was carrying about 500 passengers from Philadelphia to New York.
The president has been briefed on the investigation, Rubio and Lee said in a statement Tuesday.
“Our country is safer today because of the thorough and independent investigation being conducted by the Department of Justice, and we believe the investigation should be independent,” the senators said.
“We believe it is important that the full facts surrounding this tragic incident are known to the American people.”
The Senate passed the bill on a party-line vote last week.
Rubio and Lew said the Senate must act to “rebuild public trust in the criminal justice system and restore confidence in law enforcement to prevent a repeat of this tragic accident.”
They added: “The American people deserve to know how the investigation into this tragedy is being conducted and how it will lead to meaningful solutions to ensure the safety of our nation.”