TRANSPORTATION, TREASURY, THE JUDICIARY, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2006
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Mr. SANTORUM. Mr. President, I want to thank the chairman and ranking member of the subcommittee for the work they have done on this bill and one thing in particular that is of concern to me and my constituents, which is Amtrak funding. I would like to, in particular, thank the two leaders for their outstanding support of Amtrak. It is a vital and important part of the transportation infrastructure of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, in particular, and southeastern Pennsylvania benefit greatly from the relief of congestion off our highways which are incredibly congested. Amtrak provides great service up and down the Northeast corridor. We happen to be right in the middle of that corridor in Philadelphia. Philadelphia is now the second busiest station, second only to New York, on that corridor, and it is vitally important that sufficient funds are available. The $1.45 billion that is in this bill is $250 million more than last year, which we appreciate, and almost $300 million more than what the House has appropriated in their bill.
I wished to come and thank the chairman and ranking member of the committee. I think the fact that we have not seen any Amtrak amendments to increase the funding shows we have worked very hard together to get a good, solid number to go into conference, with the hope that we can get good, strong support for this vitally important part of southeastern Pennsylvania's transportation network.
I want to again thank the chairman and ranking member for their excellent work.
I yield the floor and I suggest the absence of a quorum.