1. None of the "you guys" or "these guys". Let's avoid generalizations. We know "generally" that the GOP wants to cut, and the Democrats want to fund. There are of course exceptions based upon who wants what in their district. As John Perkowski is fond of saying, it's 435+100+1 voting.
2. Let's try to keep the conversation to current developments in funding, funding priorities, capital vs. operating budgets, certain corridor funding needs, etc.
3. Ad hominem and abusive posts will be deleted without notice and subject to warning and/or suspension, ban, etc. just like everything else. Keep the passion and argue, but limit the hyperbole'.
Anyway, here what's prompted the attempt at the topic:
I generally like Booker. There's not much meat to the article, but I like the concept as it would eliminate uncertainty.
NOTICE a co-author of the bill is a REPUBLICAN FROM MISSISSIPPI.
Brief, fair-use quote:
Booker bill would increase $$ for Amtrak, Northeast Corridor
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New legislation proposed by New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker would increase funding for Amtrak and set up an annual stream of grant funding that could be used to make improvements to the aging Northeast corridor.
Booker and fellow Sen. Bob Menendez discussed the legislation Monday at Newark's Penn Station.
Introduced by Booker and Republican Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi, the bill would give Amtrak $1.65 billion per year for the next four years.
Booker's bill also would make available $570 million in grant funding every year. Booker says that money could be used for projects to alleviate congestion on the Northeast corridor.