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Despite Amtrak crash, infrastructure spending remains low priority

Despite Amtrak crash, infrastructure spending remains low priority

Last week's horrific Amtrak crash outside Philadelphia has inspired much talk about the need to shore up America's crumbling public infrastructure. But the prospect of action on infrastructure hasn't even notched upward as the Amtrak toll reached eight dead and more than 200 injured. The very day after the crash, House Republicans voted along party lines to cut Amtrak's funding by nearly one-fifth. They also turned away a Democratic proposal to add funds for a safety technology that might have averted the accident. There's plenty of blame to go around: Only a few weeks ago, Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and...

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