ATR Praises Sessions Amtrak Amendment
H.R. 1401 was created for homeland security, not to help a dying railway system

Washington, DC – Americans for Tax Reform today announced their support for Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) amendment to H.R. 1401 or, the “Rail and Public Transportation Security Act of 2007.”  By passing this amendment, Congress closes loopholes and sends a clear message about how homeland security dollars are to be spent. 

The principle set forth in the amendment clearly outlines how appropriated funds may not be spent by Amtrak for service improvements along the worst of its routes. 

“The Sessions amendment would mean that Congress will not throw money into a decaying railway,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.  “I commend Congressman Sessions for his well thought amendment.”

Amtrak will still have access to funds for improving safety and security.  The amendment ensures Amtrak officials do not spend the funds for other non-essential improvements along the 10 worst rail lines. 

“I encourage every member of Congress to the Sessions amendment to H.R. 1401,” said Norquist.  “This amendment makes sure that Amtrak will work to protect its passengers and not buy some shiny new train.”