Amtrak needs emergency funds to continue operation

While a movement is underway in Congress to save Amtrak, BLE members are asked to contact their Representatives to make sure the passenger railroad receives the necessary funding to stay in business.

Amtrak President David Gunn warned that the railroad will have to shut down if it does not receive $200 million in the next three weeks. In addition, Gunn said the railroad needs $55 million to repair damaged and out-of-service equipment.

Already, 162 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed a "Dear Colleague" letter in favor of Amtrak funding. The Dear Colleague letter asks members of the House to support H.R. 4545, which would provide a $1.975 billion reauthorization of Amtrak.

The legislation authorizes for Fiscal Year 2003 $1.2 billion in federal funding for capital and operating expenditures, as well as $375 million for much needed rail security projects across the system and $400 million for life-safety improvements in Amtrak tunnels along the northeast corridor.

"This $1.975 billion appropriation request will prevent the elimination of services and hold the current network together while Congress determines the future of Amtrak," the Dear Colleague letter states. "As such, we urge you to provide the necessary funding for Amtrak in Fiscal Year 2003 to ensure that we maintain a national passenger rail system."

The letter was written by Congressmen Jack Quinn, Bob Clement, Earl Blumenauer and Sherwood Boehlert.

BLE members should review the list below. If their member of Congress is supporting the Dear Colleague letter, then they should be thanked. If their member of Congress is not on this list, then they should be contacted immediately and urged to support funding for Amtrak.

A list of the 162 co-signers of the Amtrak request letter is available here:

Signatories of Letter (not listed in order signed)
1. Jack Quinn
2. Bob Clement
3. Sherwood Boehlert
4. Earl Blumenauer
5. Spencer Bachus
6. Jim Oberstar
7. Mike Ferguson
8. Nick Rahall
9. Diane Watson
10. Amo Houghton
11. E.B. Johnson
12. Bill Shuster
13. Dale E. Kildee
14. George W. Gekas
15. Michael Honda
16. Bernard Sanders
17. Nancy Pelosi
18. Todd R. Platts
19. Julia Carson
20. James Leach
21. Maurice D. Hinchey
22. Marcy Kaptur
23. John McHugh
24. L. Roybal-Allard
25. B.A. Gilman
26. Rosa DeLauro
27. Peter T. King
28. Robert Menendez
29. Johnny Isakson
30. Ellen Tauscher
31. Felix Grucci
32. Peter DeFazio
33. S. C. LaTourette
34. Chip Pickering
35. Ronnie Shows
36. Michael N. Castle
37. Carolyn Maloney
38. T.V. Johnson
39. Lane Evans
40. Jo Ann Davis
41. Bob Borski
42. Donald A. Manzullo
43. Bill Lipinski
44. Steve Horn
45. Wayne Gilchrest
46. Corrine Brown
47. Tom Davis
48. Nick Lampson
49. Marge Roukema
50. Max Sandlin
51. S. Moore Capito
52. Jerrold Nadler
53. Vernon Ehlers
54. Anna Eshoo
55. Phil English
56. Vic Snyder
57. Sue Kelly
58. Eva M. Clayton
59. Ken Calvert
60. Robert C. Scott
61. Connie Morella
62. John J. LaFalce
63. Jerry Moran
64. Rick Larsen
65. Curt Weldon
66. Jay Inslee
67. J.C. Greenwood
68. Rush Holt
69. Rob Simmons
70. Ed Towns
71. Patrick J. Kennedy
72. Bob Filner
73. David D. Phelps
74. Jerry F. Costello
75. Lois Capps
76. Anthony Weiner
77. Eliot L. Engel
78. Luis V. Gutierrez
79. Mike Ross
80. Chakah Fattah
81. Danny K. Davis
82. Rod Blagojevich
83. George Miller
84. A. Russell Wynn
85. James R. Langevin
86. Juanita Millender-McDonald
87. John Conyers Jr.
88. Louise McIntosh Slaughter
89. John D. Dingell
90. Rick Boucher
91. Brian Baird
92. Earl Pomeroy
93. W. D. Delahunt
94. Lynn N. Rivers
95. C.A. Gonzalez
96. John E. Baldacci
97. John F. Tierney
98. Barney Frank
99. S.D. Bishop Jr.
100. Gary L. Ackerman
101. James Barcia
102. Elijah Cummings
103. James McDermott
104. Bill Pascrell Jr.
105. Tim Holden
106. Mark Udall
107. Joseph Crowley
108. Richard E. Neal
109. William J. Coyne
110. William Lacy Clay
111. Shelley Berkley
112. Marion Berry
113. David Wu
114. David E. Bonior
115. Brad Carson
116. Tom Allen
117. Ben Cardin
118. Melvin L. Watts
119. Leonard Boswell
120. Baron Hill
121. Mike McIntyre
122. Frank Mascara
123. Grace Napolitano
124. Mike Capuano
125. Darlene Hooley
126. Zoe Lofgren
127. Martin Meehan
128. Joe Baca
129. Xavier Becerra
130. Tom Lantos
131. Barbara Lee
132. Robert Matsui
133. Hilda L. Solis
134. Henry Waxman
135. Diana DeGette
136. E. Holmes Norton
137. John Lewis
138. C. McKinney
139. William Jefferson
140. Stephen Lynch
141. Karen McCarthy
142. Tom Udall
143. Frank Pallone
144. Donald M. Payne
145. Gregory Meeks
146. Major Owens
147. Bob Etheridge
148. Robert Brady
149. Joe Hoeffel
150. Harold E. Ford Jr.
151. Martin Frost
152. Sylvestre Reyes
153. Bob Andrews
154. Alcee L. Hastings
155. M.R. McNulty
156. Tammy Baldwin
157. Sherrod Brown
158. Betty McCollum
159. S. Tubbs Jones
160. Bart Gordon
161. A. Acevedo-Vilá
162. John B. Larson
 

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