WASHINGTON (AP) — A powerful House committee is weighing legislation that would slash funds for Amtrak by 18 percent just hours after a deadly train crash in Philadelphia.
The measure includes $1.1 billion for the passenger railroad next year. That's a $251 million cut from current levels. President Barack Obama requested almost $2.5 billion, much more than his previous proposals
The Appropriations Committee began work on Wednesday on an overall spending bill for transportation and housing that totals $55 billion.
In recent years, cuts by House Republicans have been restored in House-Senate negotiations, but the railroad's budget has remained flat.
New York Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey said the measure shortchanges important accounts, including those dedicated to transportation safety.