House committee passes bill that cuts Amtrak funding after crash

Posted on AllSides May 13th, 2015
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A House panel approved a measure Wednesday that cuts funding for Amtrak, less than a day after a train derailment left at least six people dead and many more injured.

The Republican-led House Appropriations Committee voted 30-21 on party lines to advance the bill after rejecting a Democratic amendment that would have increased funding for the passenger railroad by $1 billion to $2.4 billion. Republicans argued that such a spending increase would need to be offset but cuts elsewhere in the budget, and they admonished Democrats for pointing to the...

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