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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

House GOP measure would cut Amtrak by $242 million

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House GOP measure would cut Amtrak by $242 million

WASHINGTON (AP) – Legislation that would cut Amtrak’s budget by $242 million is on its way through the House, though there’s new funding for video cameras inside locomotive cabs to record train engineers and help investigators get to the bottom of crashes such as last month’s deadly derailment in Philadelphia. Amtrak announced last month it […]

House GOP measure would cut Amtrak by $242 million

WASHINGTON (AP) – Legislation that would cut Amtrak’s budget by $242 million is on its way through the House, though there’s new funding for video cameras inside locomotive cabs to record train engineers and help investigators get to the bottom of crashes such as last month’s deadly derailment in Philadelphia.

Amtrak announced last month it is going to go ahead and install the cameras after years of delays.

Amtrak is among many domestic programs whose budgets are cut or frozen by the GOP measures as automatic spending curbs known as sequestration are again hitting federal agencies after two years of relief.

House Republicans unveiled crunching cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday morning even as a Senate panel gave initial approval to a huge measure awarding the Pentagon with a 7 percent increase.

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