House to Stage Another Round of Votes on Anti-Train Amendments Today
June 9, 2015
June 9, 2015
The U.S. House of Representatives is reconvening today at 12:00 PM Eastern to take up legislative business, including voting on several key amendments that target Amtrak’s long-distance services and an innovative high-speed rail project in Florida.
As part of the House’s effort to finish up the Fiscal Year 2016 Transportation, Housing & Urban Development bill, members will vote on amendments offered by Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) and Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.) that target the Sunset Limited, Amtrak’s national network, NARP members have already helped to turn back amendments by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) to eliminate Amtrak’s capital and operating budget—a move which would’ve ended the national passenger rail network as we know it.
Thanks to your help, the House defeated these Amtrak-killing amendments—but the work isn’t done! This is your last chance to make sure your voice is heard, so call your Representative and tell them to vote “NO” on the Sessions and Posey amendments! With voting scheduled to take place today, a well-timed call could be the difference in your elected official’s decision!
NARP has included a full list of the train-related amendments below. You can watch the proceedings live. With the House dealing with six unrelated bills when it convenes 12:00 PM Eastern, voting isn’t likely to happen until around 2:00 this afternoon.
Anti-Train Amendments to the FY 2016 T-HUD Bill
Rep. Sessions’ H.Amdt.407: An amendment to prohibit the use of funds to support Amtrak's route with the highest loss, measured by contributions/(loss) per rider. This amendment would target the Sunset Limited (Louisiana - California). https://www.congress.gov/amendment/114th-congress/house-amendment/407
Rep. Sessions’ H.Amdt.409: An amendment to prohibit the use of funds to support any Amtrak route whose costs exceed two times its revenues. https://www.congress.gov/amendment/114th-congress/house-amendment/409
Rep. Posey’s H.Amdt.405: An amendment to prohibit the use of funds by the Department of Transportation to take any actions with respect to the financing of passenger rail projects along Florida's East Coast.https://www.congress.gov/amendment/114th-congress/house-amendment/405
Rep. Posey’s H.Amdt.411 https://www.congress.gov/amendment/114th-congress/house-amendment/411 : An amendment to prohibit the use of funds by the Department of Transportation to authorize exempt facility bonds to finance passenger rail projects that cannot attain the speed of 150 mph.
Rep. Posey’s H.AMDT.413: An amendment to prohibit the use of funds by the Department of Transportation to make a loan in an amount that exceeds $600 million under the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act.
"I wish to extend my appreciation to members of the Rail Passengers Association for their steadfast advocacy to protect not only the Southwest Chief, but all rail transportation which plays such an important role in our economy and local communities. I look forward to continuing this close partnership, both with America’s rail passengers and our bipartisan group of senators, to ensure a bright future for the Southwest Chief route."
Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS)
April 2, 2019, on receiving the Association's Golden Spike Award for his work to protect the Southwest Chief