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American Bridge Paul Ryan Research Book

American Bridge Paul Ryan Research Book


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Ryan Voted against Amtrak Reauthorization. In 2008, Ryan voted in favor of a bill that would authorize $14.4 billion for
Amtrak and other rail investments through fiscal year 2013. The bill included language that would allow private companies to
bid on building a rail line to get passengers between Washington and New York City in less than two hours. The bill passed
311-104. [Roll Call 400, H 6003, 06/11/2008; CQ Today, 6/16/08]

Ryan Voted to Cut Amtrak Funding. In 2007, Ryan voted in favor of an amendment to the fiscal year 2009 appropriations
bill for the Department of Housing and Urban Development that would have cut $475 million from Amtrak capital. The
amendment would have eliminated $475 million in the bill that for operating subsidy grants for Amtrak. It also would have
struck language directing Amtrak to adhere to a number of business practices, including requiring the submission of certain
reports and a comprehensive business plan and prohibiting the use of funds to support routes on which Amtrak offers
discounts of more than 50 percent off normal peak fare The amendment was defeated 94-328. [Roll Call 693, H 3074,
07/24/2007; Congressional Quarterly]

Ryan: “We’re Not A Fan Of High-Speed Rail.” According to a transcript of a Congressional Republicans press conference
that was obtained via Federal News Service, Ryan said, “We’re not a fan of high speed rail. I can tell you right now we’re
rescinding the high speed rail stimulus in the current CR. I think there’s a $53 billion high speed rail initiative. That’s
something we’re not -- we just disagree with this. We disagree with the high speed rail.” [Federal News Service, 2/14/11]

The Wisconsin Democratic Party Claimed Ryan Acknowledged That Gov. Scott Walker Lied About Diverting $820
Million In Rail Money For Road Projects. According to States News Service, “The following information was released by
the Wisconsin Democratic Party: Paul Ryan and Wisconsin’s other GOP representatives acknowledged today what we’ve


known all along, that Scott Walker lied entirely when he claimed on the campaign trail that he’d divert $810 million in rail
money for roads projects. It was a lie when Walker claimed it on the campaign trail, and it was no less a lie today, when Ryan
issued a joint statement with Reps. Tom Petri and Jim Sensenbrenner. Meanwhile, Ryan, who supported trillions of dollars of
deficit spending under President Bush, said now that Wisconsin should give up the money that would create thousands of jobs
here. ‘What a rare act of political courage for a career politician like Paul Ryan to wait until after an election to acknowledge
that Scott Walker was lying all along,’ Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Tuesday.” [States News Service,

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