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Lawmakers promise fight over Amtrak funding

Posted on February 8, 2005

The leading House Democrat on transportation issues challenged the Bush Administration's proposal to eliminate subsidies to Amtrak.

Minnesota Rep. Jim Oberstar, the senior Democrat on the Transportation Committee, said that Amtrak's funding future will come down to a "test of wills."

The Bush Administration proposed eliminating Amtrak's operating subsidy and leaving $360 million to run trains along the Northeast Corridor if the railroad ceases operating.

Amtrak is getting $1.2 billion this year in operating subsidies and capital investment.

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