President Trump Threatens Veto Over Passenger Rail Funding
June 19, 2019
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The White House issued a veto threat against the fiscal 2020 funding bill, saying President Trump was "disappointed" at Congress for boosting investment in Amtrak instead of eliminating the National Network, as outlined in the President's budget request.
The White House also objected to language that prevents the U.S. DOT from clawing back grant funding from the California High-Speed Rail project.
This threat must not go unchallenged. Our elected officials need to hear from the passengers and communities that depend on these trains, whether your home station is in New York City or Newton, Kasas!
Congress is scheduled to vote this week. Call your Representative and let them know you support investment inpassenger rail!
"The National Association of Railroad Passengers has done yeoman work over the years and in fact if it weren’t for NARP, I'd be surprised if Amtrak were still in possession of as a large a network as they have. So they've done good work, they're very good on the factual case."
Robert Gallamore, Director of Transportation Center at Northwestern University and former Federal Railroad Administration official, Director of Transportation Center at Northwestern University
November 17, 2005, on The Leonard Lopate Show (with guest host Chris Bannon), WNYC New York.