Appropriations

Appropriations

Amtrak chief joins highway funding debate

Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman pushed Congress on Wednesday to stop dodging an increase in transportation funding he said was obviously necessary.

In a statement released after a Senate committee held a hearing on reauthorizing the federal transportation bill that is scheduled to expire in September, Boardman said lawmakers has been appropriating just enough transportation funding to get by in recent years. 

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Govs to Congress: ‘Stabilize’ highway funding

A bipartisan group of 17 governors is urging lawmakers to “stabilize” the trust fund that is used to pay for transportation projects.

The Department of Transportation’s Highway Trust Fund has been projected to run out of money in September.

The governors, who are all members of the National Transportation Coalition, said in a letter to the top members of the House and Senate’s transportation committees that the projected bankruptcy is “creating great uncertainty about the viability of our long-term transportation improvement plans.

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