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Biden’s Amtrak Request Comes Up Short in House Spending Bill

June 22, 2022, 9:38 PM

President Joe Biden’s budget request for Amtrak would get chopped down in draft legislation House appropriators released Wednesday, while the overall transportation budget would get a boost.

The Transportation-HUD spending bill would provide $105.4 billion in total budgetary resources to the Transportation Department for fiscal 2023, about $942 million more than Biden requested, according to a summary from the House Appropriations Committee. The agency is funded by a mix of trust funds and discretionary spending.

Appropriators said the legislation would boost discretionary spending on transit and passenger and freight rail by 23%, and expand port programs by almost 30%.

The ...