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Congressional action on high speed rail due today, could be bad

This comes from Virginians for High Speed Rail. It mentions Virginia representatives, look up your congressman and contact them.

House Bill 3288, the legislation that has the transportation appropriations for fiscal year 2010 is being voted on today. The House Appropriations committee raised President Obama’s $1 billion for high-speed rail to $4 billion. Representative Latham has offered an amendment that would lower the appropriation back to $1 billion.

Please call your Congressman and ask them to vote NO on the Latham Amendment.

1st District: Rep. Rob Wittman: (202) 225-4261
2nd District: Rep. Glenn Nye: (202) 225-4215
3rd District: Rep. Bobby Scott: (202) 225-8351
4th District: Rep. Randy Forbes: (202) 225-6365
5th District: Rep. Tom Perriello: (202) 225-4711
6th District: Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte: (202) 225-5431
7th District: Rep. Eric I. Cantor: (202) 225-2815
8th District: Rep. James P. Moran: (202) 225-4376
9th District: Rep. Rick Boucher: (202) 225-3861
10th District: Rep. Frank R. Wolf: (202) 225-5136
11th District: Rep. Gerry E. Connolly: (202) 225-1492

Thank you for helping us keep this important funding for high-speed rail.

Filed under: Passenger Rail Politics, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy

2 Responses

  1. Infra says:

    Right now at http://www.infrastructureusa.org, users are discussing rail issues throughout the country. View a new Show Us Your Infra photo of Chicago’s rail system, an article from the Labor/Community Strategy Center about transportation funding, and in The Infra Blog, an exclusive interview with Senator Robert Menendez. Most importantly, join in the conversation and share your perspective today.

  2. John Bredin says:

    The Latham Amendment failed 136-284.
    http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/L?d111:./temp/~bdaorG1:1[1-23](Amendments_For_H.R.3288)&./temp/~bdQ8fa|/bss/111search.html|

    Here’s how individual Representatives voted:
    http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll621.xml

    As a humorous aside, there was also an amendment by Rep. Dan Burton of Indiana “to require that none of the funds in this act may be used by Amtrak to provide free alcohol.” It passed by voice vote. Is the House also going to adopt a resolution condemning saloons and “demon rum” as long as they’re in the Way-back Machine to 1919?

    Does Amtrak give away alcoholic beverages to anyone? The famous wine tasting on the Coast Starlight now charges ($5, as I recall reading). Alcoholic beverages are not included in sleeper passengers’ free meals and as I recall never have been. The only two examples of free booze that I can think of I’m not sure of:

    *The wine and cheese reception for Lake Shore Limited sleeper passengers before leaving Chicago, to make up for the absence of a free dinner. I did this once, but when the LSL left Chicago at 10pm. Do they still do this now that the LSL leaves Chicago at 9pm?

    *First Class on Acela, which I’ve never ridden.

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