Saturday, April 8, 2017

Cutting Off 'Fly-Over' States, Trump to Axe Amtrak for 220 Cities | Common Dreams

Cutting Off 'Fly-Over' States, Trump to Axe Amtrak for 220 Cities | Common Dreams

In addition to slashing funding for the arts, education programs, climate change research, and worker protections (among many other things), another lesser known casualty of President Donald Trump's "morally obscene" budget proposal: Amtrak.

The president's so-called "skinny budget" will eliminate all federal funding for Amtrak's national train network, meaning 220 cities will lose all passenger service, the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) warned this week.

"It's ironic that President Trump's first budget proposal undermines the very communities whose economic hardship and sense of isolation from the rest of the country helped propel him into office," said NARP president Jim Mathews.

  

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