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Senate Proceeding on Oct 25th, 2007 :: 2:09:51 to 2:20:51
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Jeff Sessions

2:09:51 to 2:09:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: per passenger. and, in fact, to the point of the line that was mentioned just briefly previously in debate, the empire builder, according to the statistics of the inspector general review in 2004, it wouldn't

Jeff Sessions

2:09:51 to 2:20:51( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions

2:09:58 to 2:10:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: be affected by this amendment either. the empire builder lost $94 per passenger in 2004. i hope -- and performance has been improved a little bit since then. but even if it hasn't, even if this is

Jeff Sessions

2:10:07 to 2:10:14( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: one part of our economy that's seen no improvements in productivity since 2004, no reduction in costs in 2004, no improvements in marketing and ride ership since 2004, the empire builder wouldn't be affected

Jeff Sessions

2:10:14 to 2:10:22( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: because it lost less than $200 per passenger. in fact shall the empire , the empire builder wouldn't be affected ed in the year 2008 when that subsidy drops to $175. it wouldn't be affected in

Jeff Sessions

2:10:22 to 2:10:30( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: 2009, 2010, 2011, or 2012 because over the five-year period we only bring the cap down to $100 and the empire builder would still be below that figure in what it loses per passenger. and, in fact,

Jeff Sessions

2:10:30 to 2:10:39( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: in addition to the auto train, which i mentioned earlier, the starlite, awful those --all of those cost taxpayers less than $100 per passenger. now, is a subsidy of $80 or $90 per passenger a loss -- of $80 or

Jeff Sessions

2:10:39 to 2:10:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: $the 0 $90 per passenger good? that easy to justify to a family as they pay their taxes on april 15? i would be hard-pressed to justify that to people in my state of new hampshire. but, regardless,

Jeff Sessions

2:10:46 to 2:10:55( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: those routes are unaffected by this amendment amendment. and, in fact, there are many others -- several others whose costs per passenger is in the range of $100 to $125 according to the inspector general's

Jeff Sessions

2:10:55 to 2:11:02( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: report in 2004. i would hope and i would think that they could improve performance by 10% or 12% or 15% necessary to get below that $100 cost per passenger as well. maybe they can't. we can't forecast

Jeff Sessions

2:11:02 to 2:11:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: the future. but i think we can set an honest and a reasonable limit on what subsidies we're willing to provide. again, i can't state it plainly enough. this amendment doesn't affect 85 85% of the routes

Jeff Sessions

2:11:11 to 2:11:19( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and ride ership of amtrak, that people that ride from all over the country -- north, south, east, and west -- it doesn't affect any of those long-distance routes, and there are probably close to half

Jeff Sessions

2:11:19 to 2:11:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: of them that have a subsidy level of less than $100 today. and for any of those that meet the performance benchmarks, they would be unaffected as well. i hope my colleagues can support the amendment.

Jeff Sessions

2:11:28 to 2:12:08( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: thank you, mr. president. the presiding officer: who yields time? mr. carper: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from alabama. mr. sessions: i would be interested in speaking on behalf

Jeff Sessions

2:19:02 to 2:19:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: of the sununu amendment. i don't know what your alternate alternating agreement is. mr. sununu: mr. president, i'll yield time to the senator from alabama, whatever he needs to consume. mr. sessions:

Jeff Sessions

2:19:11 to 2:19:18( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from alabama is recognize ed. mr. sessions: i'll be brief. amtrak does go through my home state, and i've been interested in the impact of not having

Jeff Sessions

2:19:18 to 2:19:27( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: support for that periodic travel through our state that the system does and how much it cost costs and what the right public policy should be and how we should think about t i would just note that

Jeff Sessions

2:19:27 to 2:19:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: amtrak operates 4 44 routes over 220,000 miles of track and 97 of those traction are freight company traction. but it runs a deficit each year, and we have to have federal subsidies for it. the crux

Jeff Sessions

2:19:34 to 2:19:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: of the public policy issue that all of us, i thi, should think about for the over overall public policy, not just for one or two little -- not for just a few people and a vision for what we ought to do

Jeff Sessions

2:19:43 to 2:19:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: for the future but what really is the truthful situation that we are in. kenneth mead, the department of transportation inspector general general, succinctly state ed the situation this way. quote

Jeff Sessions

2:19:51 to 2:20:00( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: -- "the mismatch between the public resources made available to fund inner city passenger rail service, the total cost to maintain the system that amtrak continues to operate and the proposals to

Jeff Sessions

2:20:00 to 2:20:07( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: re restructure the system comprise dysfunction that must be resolved in the reauthorizatio process of the nation's inner- inner-city rail system." and this proposed re reauthorization would entail

Jeff Sessions

2:20:07 to 2:20:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: about $2 billion a year subsidy for the next six years. and, remember, that the bill that was enacted in 1997 to reform and have accountability for amtrak contemplated there would be no more subsidies in 2002.

Jeff Sessions

2:20:16 to 2:20:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: okay? now, senator sununu has study ied this issue, and i believe we can rely on the things he's saying fundamentally. and is it's it's important. and i am a glad somebody has committed the time

Jeff Sessions

2:20:24 to 2:20:33( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and effort to point out some of the problems with just going forward with business as usual. i'm just going to take a couple of minutes and share some thoughts. the train that goes through alabama, mobile,

Jeff Sessions

2:20:33 to 2:20:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: alabama, east and west, comes -- i'm not sure exactly what the situation is this year, but when i checked last year, the train went through two or three days a week going east at 2:00 a.m. in the morning,

Jeff Sessions

2:20:43 to 2:20:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jeff Sessions: and when it goes west twro or three days, two or three days a week, it was 3:00 a.m. and that's not likely to attract a lot of customers. and let me show this chart and just go through it. and i believe

Thomas Carper

2:20:51 to 2:21:00( Edit History Discussion )

Thomas Carper: we will come to understand that what we're talking about, senator sununu, is trying to do something that's basically impossible to do. it's just not going to work. i wish we could. i mean, as we

Thomas Carper

2:20:51 to 2:26:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Thomas Carper

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