Congressman Tim Ryan Calls for Full Funding of Amtrak in Wake of Philadelphia Crash

May 13, 2015 Issues: Infrastructure

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan, member of the Appropriations Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) Subcommittee,  today called for full funding of Amtrak in the wake of the tragic Philadelphia Amtrak crash. Congressman Ryan voted in favor of an amendment during full Committee markup of the Fiscal Year 2016 T-HUD bill to provide Amtrak the full $2.45 billion in funding requested in President Obama’s budget.

“While it is too early to have a full understanding of the cause of last night’s tragedy, it is the Appropriations Committee and Congress’s responsibility to provide the resources necessary to ensure the safety and reliability of our nation’s railways,” said Congressman Ryan. “Each and every day tens of thousands of Americans rely on Amtrak, and their safety should be our first priority. That is why I am calling on House Republicans do the right thing and reconsider this heartless reduction in funding for Amtrak.”

The tragic Amtrak crash in Philadelphia took place just hours before the Appropriations Committee began its markup of the Fiscal Year 2016 T-HUD bill, which would provide a mere $1.14 billion for Amtrak, which is $251 million less than the 2015 enacted level and $1.31 billion less than the President’s budget request, causing Amtrak to defer critical maintenance and capital investment.

The amendment failed by a vote of 21-30.