Members urged to act on Senate Amtrak bill

Measure would ensure long-term funding for Amtrak; Members should ask Senators to co-sponsor

BLET members are urged to contact their U.S. Senators and ask them to support S. 1516, a bill that would provide long-term funding for Amtrak.

The Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2005, introduced by Senator Trent Lott (R-MS), currently has 12 co-sponsors. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approved the bill on October 18. The bill would provide full funding for Amtrak for FY 2006-2011, giving the passenger railroad the long-term funding it needs to ensure service.

While BLET leaders initially had some reservations about this piece of legislation, they are now fully-supporting it after a joint meeting between BLET, International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Senator Lott.

"This bill provides a progressive approach to long-term funding for Amtrak," said BLET Chief of Staff and Political/Legislative Director John Tolman. "We think that it is a step in the right direction, especially after meeting with Senator Lott on October 19."

The bill is cosponsored by the following members of the Senate: Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT); Senator Susan M. Collins (R-ME); Senator Mike DeWine (R-OH); Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI); Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ); Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME); Senator Thomas Carper (D-DE); Senator Jon S. Corzine (D-NJ); Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX); Senator James Jeffords (I-VT); Senator John D. Rockefeller (D-WV); Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK).

BLET Vice-President & National Legislative Representative Raymond Holmes urges BLET members to contact their Senators and ask them to support this critical piece of legislation. Members should also thank their Senators for supporting it if they are listed above.

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