Tadman wrote:Regardless of above comments about state-specific politics, it bugs me that current administration portends to be a friend of Amtrak and HSR and they haven't changed the rule where corridor states have to fund their trains. Shouldn't it be the other way around?The rule under discussion wasn't made by an executive order, it was made under legislation passed by Congress. Only Congress can change it.
I would like to add that the present administration had majorities in both houses of Congress during its first two years, at a time a new Transportation bill should have been enacted, so a change could have been made if the present administration had wanted a new Transportation bill. But it wanted a new Health Care bill first, expended much political effort to get it, and was happy to just extend the existing Transportation bill with "stimulus" ARRA funding additions.