BAD PITTS VOTE #36: TRYING TO DERAIL AMTRAK
September 24, 2010 — From the vast archive of bad votes by Congressman Joe Pitts, the Herr 2010 campaign has drawn one which, had it been successful, would have clogged Southeastern Pennsylvania highways with more than a million additional cars.
Bad Pitts Vote #36: The Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act
The proof of Amtrak’s success is its growing ridership all around the country. The Keystone Corridor between Philadelphia and Harrisburg via Lancaster carried more than 1 1/4 million passengers last year. That should come as no surprise to anyone who has driven the Schuykill Expressway into Philadelphia. On June 11, 2008, the House voted on H.R. 6003, to reauthorize the nationwide passenger rail system. And guess who missed the train:
Pitts votes NO.
The bill passed by a vote of 311 to 104. We doubt that Rep. Pitts actually likes airline seating or rush-hour traffic. More likely, he was just docilely voting in lockstep with the Republican Party’s blind opposition to Amtrak.
Please note that Lois Herr is a happy Amtrak rider, and strongly supports its mission of safe, comfortable travel at speeds of up to 110 mph.
Our tour of Joe Pitts’ many votes against the interests of the people of his district continues. There are 35 to go, one a day.