Dear MoveOn member,
Under the Trump administration's proposed budget, all long-distance Amtrak passenger train service would lose federal support and could be discontinued.1 The national passenger train network would be destroyed, which means it would no longer be possible to cross the United States by train.
As a resident of a small community, I would no longer be able to travel to see family or pursue business and employment opportunities. Residents of many other small towns across the U.S. would lose their ability to travel to the outside world to seek medical help and educational and job opportunities.
The amount of federal support for these Amtrak services is very small compared to the rest of the federal budget. Many more tax dollars are spent in supporting the White House's fleet of airplanes than is spent on the entire Amtrak budget.
1. "Amtrak riders rally to save funding, as Trump budget threatens massive cuts," USA Today, June 20, 2017
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