LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -

Legislation to improve railway safety unanimously passed Tuesday in the House of Representatives.

Wisconsin Representative Ron Kind's proposed 'RESPONSE Act' is now headed to the Senate.

The act was proposed earlier this year as a way to provide more resources for emergency responders and increase rail safety. It does this by establishing a FEMA subcommittee to bring federal agencies, technical experts, emergency responders, and the private sector together.

In a statement released this afternoon, Representative Kind said 'Our residents have dealt with the negative impacts of rail traffic long enough and today we took action to solve the problem and keep our neighborhoods safe.’