House Committee OKs Surface Transportation Bill

A Congressional House committee approved legislation this week advancing the INVEST in America Act to the House floor.

The bill  (HR 3684), is a five-year surface transportation re-authorization act that authorizes $547 million, including $95 billion for passenger and freight rail.

Of the latter figure $32 billion is set aside for Amtrak. The Rail Passengers Association said the Amtrak authorization was triple its current funding level.

The House Transportation Committee approved the bill after 17-hour markup session on a 38-26 vote.

The legislation, if approved by the House and Senate authorizes spending but does not appropriate funding.

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