Senate also rebukes White House's Amtrak cuts

July 26, 2017

Following in the footsteps of the House, a Senate panel has rejected the Trump administration's proposal to cut long-distance Amtrak service. Not only does the budget approved by the Senate Appropriations transportation subcommittee include full funding for Amtrak's national network, it includes $550 million for the TIGER grant program, which the House proposed eliminating. Subcommittee chair Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, was overheard calling the White House's proposal "incredibly irresponsible."

The proposed budget for TIGER is an increase over the last round of grants, which totaled $500 million. Since it was created in 2009, the competive grant program has supported a number of rail and multi-modal projects around the Midwest. Future TIGER grants could support the upgrade projects planned by CrossRail Chicago.

Amtrak would be funded at $1.7 billion in FY2018 under the proposal, which will be be considered by the whole Appropriations committee next.

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