Congressional leadership meets in less than 24 hours
September 12, 2018
Last chance to stand up for a national rail network!
Your Rail Passengers staff has learned from our allies on the Hill that House and Senate negotiators will meet tomorrow to begin finalizing the details of the Fiscal Year 2019 transportation budget. This bill not only fund rail transportation projects and operations across the U.S., but will include policy language that would require Amtrak to preserve that National Network in its entirety--including the Southwest Chief.
Passenger are being heard! Rail Passenger Association’s DC staff is hearing rumblings from allies on the Hill that good things are happening behind closed door negotiations. We can't afford to ease up on our campaign! This is precisely the window to press our advantage—for the sake of communities that depend on the Southwest Chief AND the entire National Network.
Call your Representative and ask them to retain the Senate Moran/Udall language protecting the Southwest Chief and pass the HR 6147 into law with the funding levels and provisions agreed to by the House and Senate transportation committees.
Thank you for your support of the America's rail network,
Jim Mathews, President + CEO
Rail Passengers Association
"I’m so proud that we came together in bipartisan fashion in the Senate to keep the Southwest Chief chugging along, and I’m grateful for this recognition from the Rail Passengers Association. This victory is a testament to what we can accomplish when we reach across the aisle and work together to advance our common interests."
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)
April 2, 2019, on receiving the Association's Golden Spike Award for his work to protect the Southwest Chief