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Aa y ae Mnited States Senate WASHINGTON. ne 20510-0905, omy sso September 29, 2010 The Honorable Ray LaHood Secretary of Transportation United State Department of Transportation 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE Washington, D.C. 20590 Dear Secretary LaHood: As you know, I am a long-time supporter of the creation of a high-speed rail system in Florida. These projects will create jobs and generate new business opportunities while moving us in the right direction for our environment and energy future. T write today to share concerns brought to my attention by our state’s Holocaust survivors and their families regarding one of the companies interested in bidding for our state’s high-speed rail projects, the French National Railways (SNCF). A class action law suit has been filed by a group of Holocaust survivors against SNCF because of their controversial wartime activities. ‘The plaintiffs, many of whom are my constituents, claim that SNCF transported more than 75,000 French Jews and others to Nazi concentration camps and have never contributed to post- war reparations 1 understand that Governor Charlie Crist has ordered a thorough review of SNC! and that when this issue was raised in California, the state legislature there passed a bill that requires companies bidding on rail contracts to disclose their wartime roles. Before we consider doing business with this company, I believe we must insist upon transparency and accountability, for its past actions. Floridians’ tax dollars are committed to high-speed rail projects, and it is our responsibility to ensure that operations are completed by vendors we trust. ask for your immediate attention to this matter. At a minimum, SNCF should respond to requests for transparency and open their records for inspection by the concemed parties. Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing what steps you are prepared fo take to address this issue. fT NElgon United States Senator s record Sincerely,