Cotton stands alone against full Amtrak funding | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Cotton stands alone against full Amtrak funding

Posted By on Wed, Jun 11, 2014 at 6:43 AM

click to enlarge COTTON CUT TARGET: Amtrak service, shown here at recently added Hope stop.
  • COTTON CUT TARGET: Amtrak service, shown here at recently added Hope stop.
A supporter of rail passenger service sends along this roll call in the U.S. House Tuesday on an amendment to cut Amtrak's operating budget by 10 percent, or $34 million. (Amtrak's Texas Eagle runs through Arkansas, FYI.)

The amendment was defeated 248-154. Of the four members of the Arkansas House delegations — all Republicans — only Rep. Tom Cotton voted to slash Amtrak spending. The Amtrak route has stops in his district, including a new stop in Hope added at a cost of $250,000 less than a year ago.

I know. Cotton would say we just can't afford all this government. Trains. Disaster aid. Social Security. Medicare, Medicaid.

Guns we can afford.




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