SMART TD against Trump’s nominee for Amtrak chair

Published: October 12, 2017

SMART TD opposes the recent nomination of former U.S. Rep. Lynn A. Westmoreland of Georgia by the Trump administration to serve on the Board of Directors of Amtrak.

Former U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia is a nominee of President Donald Trump to the Amtrak board.As a longtime member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, Westmoreland has a hostile voting record against Amtrak, which includes efforts to eliminate federal funding for Amtrak entirely. In addition. Westmoreland has been an original cosponsor of the “National Right-to-Work Act” on multiple occasions, which would significantly weaken our ability to collectively bargain. For these reasons, we oppose his nomination as it would undermine the core mission of Amtrak and its employees.

Please see below former Representative Lynn Westmoreland’s extreme voting record on Amtrak in the 114th Congress (2015-2016):

  • RCV#110: Voted YES on McClintock Amendment to H.R. 749  — Eliminate ALL Amtrak Funding (3/4/15)
  • RCV#303: Voted YES on Brooks Amendment to H.R. 2577  — Eliminate Amtrak Operating Grants (6/4/15)
  • RCV#304: Voted YES on Brooks Amendment to H.R. 2577  — Eliminate Amtrak Capital/Debt Service Grants (6/4/15)
  • RCV#314: Voted YES on Sessions Amendment to H.R. 2577  — Prohibit Funds for Sunset Limited Line (6/9/15)                                   
  • RCV#315: Voted YES on Sessions Amendment to H.R. 2577  — Prohibit Funds for Amtrak Routes 2x Cost/Revenue (6/9/15)

Earlier this year, Trump’s budget proposal to Congress for fiscal year 2018 called for eliminating federal support for Amtrak’s long distance train services, which would result in the immediate loss of 10,000 non-Northeast Corridor Amtrak jobs and the destabilization of the Railroad Retirement trust fund.