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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 BidenWoman accused of trying to sell Pelosi laptop to Russians arrested Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Trump moves to lift coronavirus travel restrictions on Europe, Brazil MORE’s trips on the train service. 

In the Tuesday letter led by Rep. Rick CrawfordRick CrawfordREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results Thompson named top Republican on Agriculture House Republicans ask Amtrak CEO for information on Biden's train trips 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 PerryDemocrats to levy fines on maskless lawmakers on House floor Growing number of lawmakers test positive for COVID-19 after Capitol siege New Jersey Democrat thinks she contracted coronavirus during Capitol siege MORE (R-Pa.), Rep. Bob GibbsRobert (Bob) Brian GibbsREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results Top GOP lawmakers call for Swalwell to be removed from Intelligence Committee House Republicans ask Amtrak CEO for information on Biden's train trips MORE (R-Ohio) and Rep. Lloyd SmuckerLloyd Kenneth SmuckerREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results Here are the Republicans planning to challenge the Electoral College results House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit 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 TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire 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.