What: All Issues : Environment : Global Warming : (H. Res. 1301) On passage of a resolution “supporting the goals and ideals of National Train Day,” which Republicans opposed because they objected to the resolution’s praise for Amtrak (2010 house Roll Call 248)
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(H. Res. 1301) On passage of a resolution “supporting the goals and ideals of National Train Day,” which Republicans opposed because they objected to the resolution’s praise for Amtrak
house Roll Call 248     May 05, 2010
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

This was a vote on a motion to suspend the rules and pass a resolution “supporting the goals and ideals of National Train Day.” Motions to suspend the rules limit time allowed for debate, and prohibit members from offering amendments. A two-thirds majority vote is required to approve the motion and pass a bill, rather than the usual majority. 

The text of the resolution stated that the House of Representatives “ (1) recognizes the important contributions that trains and Amtrak make to the national transportation system; (2) supports the goals and ideals of National Train Day as designated by Amtrak; and (3) urges the people of the United States to recognize such a day as an opportunity to celebrate passenger rail and learn more about trains.”

Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL) praised the train resolution: “Rail in America is experiencing a renaissance we haven't seen in 50 years. All forms of passenger rail, including Amtrak, are seeing increased ridership numbers. In fact, in 2009 Amtrak welcomed aboard over 27.1 million passengers, the second-largest annual total in Amtrak's history, an average of more than 74,000 passenger rides and more than 300 Amtrak trains per day.”

No members spoke against the resolution. Politico, however, reported that Republicans voted against the measure because it offered praise for Amtrak.  “Taxpayer subsidies enable Amtrak to avoid necessary reforms and keep losing money,” read a GOP memo (urging opposition to the resolution) obtained by Politico’s Jonathan Allen.

The House agreed to the motion to suspend the rules and pass the resolution by a vote of 296-119. All 246 Democrats present and 50 Republicans voted “yea.” 119 Republicans voted “nay.” As a result, the House passed a resolution “supporting the goals and ideals of National Train Day.”

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