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House Republicans ask Amtrak CEO for information on Biden's train trips

Republicans on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee sent a letter to Amtrak CEO William Flynn seeking information on former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWarren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas UN secretary general 'deeply disturbed' by Israeli strike on high rise that housed media outlets Nation's largest nurses union condemns new CDC guidance on masks MORE’s trips on the train service. 

In the Tuesday letter led by Rep. Rick CrawfordRick CrawfordGas shortages spread to more states Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats hearing MORE (R-Ark.), the congressmen asked whether Biden drained taxpayer resources when he used the taxpayer-funded service to campaign, including featuring Amtrak trains in a campaign ad and chartering a train for his Build Back Better Express Tour through Pennsylvania and Ohio after the first presidential debate. 

The lawmakers demanded information about Biden’s use of Amtrak trains, including how much Biden’s campaign paid to charter the train and if the charter train disrupted any of Amtrak services. 

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“We are concerned that the Biden campaign’s use of Amtrak’s charter train redirected Amtrak’s scarce resources during a time of record losses, employee layoffs, and service cuts during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the GOP congressmen wrote. “Given that the Biden campaign declined to disclose what it paid to use Amtrak’s resources, we want to ensure that the campaign paid a full, non-discounted rate.” 

The letter was also signed by Rep. Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryDCCC targets Republicans for touting stimulus bill they voted against Five takeaways on the House's return to budget earmarks Gaetz, House Republicans introduce bill to defund Postal Service covert operations program MORE (R-Pa.), Rep. Bob GibbsRobert (Bob) Brian GibbsHouse floor mask mandate remains in effect after CDC announcement READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results Top GOP lawmakers call for Swalwell to be removed from Intelligence Committee MORE (R-Ohio) and Rep. Lloyd SmuckerLloyd Kenneth SmuckerOn The Money: Pelosi wants infrastructure done by August | Powell warns US is reopening to a 'different economy' | McConnell vs. Big Business GOP lawmaker offers bill to extend estimated tax payment deadline READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results MORE (R-Pa.) 

The same day, Biden posted a three-minute video on Twitter detailing his love of trains, and defending the Build Back Better Express Tour. In the video, he says he’s traveled over 2.1 million miles with the service. 

Biden made a habit of commuting by train from Delaware to Washington, D.C., throughout his 36-year tenure in the Senate. 

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The letter comes amid controversy over the use of the White House for the Republican National Convention in August, which many have said may have violated the Hatch Act. The National Park Service also came under fire for a video promoting President TrumpDonald TrumpSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans Navajo Nation president on Arizona's new voting restrictions: An 'assault' on our rights The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez MORE along with its plans to host a fireworks spectacle after his speech at the convention. 

Matt Hill, the Biden campaign’s deputy national press secretary told the Philadelphia Inquirer “anyone can charter a train with Amtrak. Last time we checked, no one can charter the White House South Lawn for a political convention.” 

“Instead of wasting time on political stunts, congressional Republicans should stop ignoring Donald Trump's blatant abuses of taxpayer money and government resources," he said.