The stimulus bill roller coaster: Transit amendments in doubt

Thursday, February 05, 2009 - 04:47 PM

Earlier today, it looked like the stimulus bill was going down to defeat. Centrist Senators started putting together a package to cut $200 billion from the bill, in a Congress that is beginning to sour on the bill's price tag. Exhausted transit lobbyists watched as it looked like nearly $1 billion would be cut from Amtrak, and $5.5 billion in transit funding seemed poised to turn into highway funding... or disappear altogether. By midday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he had the 60 votes to avoid filibuster, but still in doubt was whether an amendment from Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., to add $6.5 billion to transit would come to the floor, or whether a Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., amendment to add $50 billion to highways would contain any transit funds.

ShovelWatching: We're asking you, Takeaway listeners and readers, to help us report on the stimulus dollars as they travel from Washington, D.C., to your neighborhood. Tell us how the stimulus plan is playing out in your community and we'll share your stories online and on air, and we'll continue the investigation with your help.

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