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HR 2095 - Amtrak Reauthorization - Key Vote

National Key Votes

Ben Nelson voted Yea (Concurrence Vote) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) - Became Public Law No. 110-432 -
Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (Senate) (74-24) - (Key vote)

Title: Amtrak Reauthorization

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with House amendments and pass a bill that authorizes $16.71 billion in appropriations for Amtrak and railroad safety measures.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes appropriations for Amtrak for the next five years, including $5.32 billion for capital grants, $2.95 billion for operation grants, and $1.9 billion for intercity passenger rail services (Div. B).
  • Authorizes $1.5 billion over the next ten years for capital and preventive maintenance projects for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Div. B, Sec. 601).
  • Provides $1.63 billion for rail safety programs (Div. A).
  • Allocates $18 million for 2009-2013 to design, develop, and construct the Facility for Underground Rail Station and Tunnel in Colorado to test and evaluate above-ground and underground rail tunnels to prevent accidents, mitigate and remediate the consequences of any such accidents, and to provide a realistic scenario for training emergency responders (Div. A, Sec 3).
  • Limits the consecutive workday of train employees to twelve hours and requires ten hours off before resuming duty (Div. A, Sec. 108).
  • Requires providers of intercity commuter rail passenger transportation to develop a plan to implement a positive train control system, which is a system designed to prevent various types of train accidents, by December 31, 2015 (Div. A, Sec. 104).
Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (House) -
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) -
Note:

NOTE: THIS VOTE PASSED BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT, MEANING NO MEMBER OBJECTED TO THE PASSAGE OF THE VOTE. THIS DOES NOT NECESSARILY INDICATE THAT ALL MEMBERS FAVORED THE VOTE'S OUTCOME.

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (377-38) -
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Amtrak Reauthorization

Sponsors

  • James L. 'Jim' Oberstar (MN - D) (Out Of Office)

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