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Durbin Backs Amtrak Funding

Brian Kelly
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Amtrak's 40th Anniversary Exhibit Train stopped in St. Louis, September 10 & 11, 2011 for rail fans to tour. (KMOX/Brad Choat)

Amtrak’s 40th Anniversary Exhibit Train stopped in St. Louis, September 10 & 11, 2011 for rail fans to tour. (KMOX/Brad Choat)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX)-Saying it would be devastating to rail service in-to and out-of St. Louis and  cost hundreds of jobs, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin is calling on the US House
to scrap plans to cut $100 million in Amtrak funding.

Speaking at the Gateway Station in downtown St. Louis, Durbin says some Congressional Republicans are looking to cut Amtrak because, “They hate the idea of government involvement in passenger rail service, like the devil hates holy water. They don’t want to hear the facts about the increase in service and more passengers and 82% passenger satisfaction with Amtrak. They’re just blind to this.”

The House proposal would eliminate federal funding for state supported routes, which includes two of the four between St. Louis and Kansas City and four of the five between St. Louis and Chicago.

The Senate proposal keeps Amtrak funding at current levels.

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