The NTSB included the technology in its 2016 "Most Wanted" list.
Sarah Feinberg was confirmed to lead the Federal Railroad Administration.
The automated train extension is included in a temporary highway bill passed by the House.
The measure would buy time to finish work on a years-long transportation bill.
Critics say the system could save lives and should be implemented sooner.
Several companies threaten to shut down in January if deadline to automate trains isn't extended.
Lawmakers are facing an Oct. 29 deadline for renewal federal transportation funding.
The industry says it will have to stop train service if Congress does not extend a December...
Current law requires most U.S. trains to be automated by Dec. 2015.
Republican support for renewables is not deep across the party's spectrum, but it does exist.
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) called on House GOP leadership to end the Wind Production Tax Credit (PTC...
Congress passed a three-year extension of a Dec. 2015 deadline.
The measure will now go to President Obama's desk.
Sarah Feinberg's nomination will now go to the full Senate.
The measure would extend the deadline until at least December 2018.
The House and Senate are said to be nearing a bicameral agreement on an extension.
The company says some freight rails cannot meet a deadline for automating trains.
Seven passengers and crew members were injured in the crash.
Several rail companies have warned they might shut down service in January.
The measure would give railroads an extra five years to automate their trains.
The government wants taxpayers to sustain an industry that can't sustain itself.