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Congressional Republicans push huge Amtrak funding cuts, but New York Republicans push back

Jul 24, 2023 12:11 am

Kevin Frey reports for New York State of Politics that Amtrak officials are warning that if a Republican-backed plan in Washington becomes law there will be reduced or suspended services. A budget bill approved by a Republican-led House committee last week would cut Amtrak's federal funding next year by nearly two-thirds, or about $1.6 billion. Even some New York Republicans are sounding the alarm about the bill. Long Island Rep. Andrew Garbarino said he was "concerned," and that, “​​I and other New Yorkers in Congress are actively engaging in discussions with Appropriations staff and Members on the topic.” Amtrak's Northeast Corridor would lose about $1 billion in funding, according to a Democratic aide. Suffolk County Republican Rep. Nick LaLota said, “I will not be a part of another attempt to screw New York. I am looking forward to a lively amendment process to right some of these wrongs.” Even far-right Republican Elise Stefanik said there will be “a significant amendment process” on the House floor for this bill. Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.

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