Sires Supports Bipartisan Bills to Fund Amtrak and Reauthorize National Estuary Program
(Washington, D.C.)- Today, Congressman Sires supported multiple bills brought before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, including a bill that would provide $7 billion for Amtrak over the next four years, including $1.88 billion to improve Amtrak routes that run through New Jersey in the Northeast Corridor. The Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act of 2014 would reform Amtrak in many ways, including restructuring how Amtrak is funded and creating a new 50-50 Federal-State Partnership for the Northeast Corridor Development and Improvement to provide grants for improvements to the Northeast Corridor.
“I am pleased that this bill addresses the much needed infrastructure improvements along the Northeast Corridor that many New Jerseyans use,” said Congressman Sires. “I am also pleased that this legislation applies Buy American provisions to the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing loan program for improvements to the Northeast Corridor to ensure that American workers continue to build American infrastructure, from start to finish.”
Another bipartisan bill that passed through the Committee unanimously would reauthorize the National Estuary Program, a program that has awarded grants to aid in the ecological restoration of the New York-New Jersey Harbor estuary.
“The National Estuary Program identifies estuaries of national significance that are threatened by pollution, land development, or overuse, like the New York-New Jersey Harbor, and supports the development of comprehensive management plans to restore and protect them,” stated Congressman Sires. “Reauthorizing this program will strengthen the economies of New Jersey coastal communities and restore ecological diversity.”