03.04.21

Daines: Amtrak is Critical for Montana Jobs, Montana Travel Sector

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today cosponsored legislation to restore daily long-distance Amtrak service and reinstate employees who have been furloughed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Amtrak supports Montana jobs, helps connect Montanans across the state and brings visitors from all over the country to Big Sky Country. The Empire Builder is critical to the Hi-Line and I will continue fighting to restore this much needed service,” Daines said. 

Read the full text HERE. 

Background: 

In December, Daines supported the COVID-19 relief package that included $1 billion in emergency funding for Amtrak.

In September, Daines sent a letter to Senate leadership to stop the reduction of services and staff for Amtrak along the Hi-Line. Daines stressed the need to protect jobs and the local economy that Amtrak supports in Montana.

In June, Daines sent a bipartisan letter to the President of Amtrak opposing their plans to terminate one out of every five employees, putting thousands out of work, and reducing the hours of operation of the National network of long distance trains.

Through the CARES Act, Congress provided Amtrak with $1.02 billion to alleviate economic impact, yet, Amtrak furloughed more than a thousand American workers and reduced service to many communities with the most need.