The Trump Budget Strikes Back! (UPDATE)
September 6, 2017
UPDATED: September 7th
In an unexpected move, Congress launched debate on a series of transportation amendments late last night, with NARP staff tracking movement on the House floor.
We're thrilled to report that a bipartisan coalition of House Transportation leadership took a strong stance in support of America's national rail network, and all anti-Amtrak amendments were defeated. The Trump Budget proposal to end long-distance trains has been turned back again!
NARP will spend today tallying the votes. For now, we can all take satisfaction in knowing that a summer of hard-fought advocacy has paid on in a strong, bipartisan coalition capable of turning back these kind of attacks!
Thank you for your support of passenger rail and our mission at NARP!
Jim Mathews, President & CEO | NARP
P.S. Please consider donating a special gift to NARP to help us continue these fights for a better, more connected passenger rail system -- for the present and for our children!
- Amendment #33 by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL): Ends Amtrak's National Network through the elimination of $1.1 billion in grant funding. [Defeated by a vote of 128 Yeas - 293 Nays]
- Amendment #32 by Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC): Eliminates a $900 million allocation for the upgrade of an Amtrak rail line between Newark and New York City. [Defeated by a vote of 159 Yeas - 260 Nays]
"On behalf of Amtrak’s onboard service staff, I want to thank the Rail Passengers Association for honoring their hard work with this award. The past couple years have indeed been difficult for Amtrak onboard service staff – coping with furloughs and job insecurity, adapting to changing protocols and services, not to mention the unfortunate events such as a tragic derailment and a fatal shooting. Nevertheless, our dedicated members at Amtrak have handled these hurdles with the care, attention and diligence for which they’re known. We thank Rail Passengers for their acknowledgement of our members’ hard work and, as always, look forward to seeing you on the rails."
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