I wholeheartedly welcome the recent news that the Department of Homeland Security will begin requiring freight railroads and chemical makers to cooperate with the government in formulating rail security strategies.  Time and again terrorists have attacked rail lines around the world and it is up to the federal government to take the lead in making certain that hazardous rail cargo is secure.  It is also critical that in the 110th Congress, we act immediately to pass my comprehensive rail security legislation, which includes increased funding for security technology and police officers on both freight and passenger rail lines.