Senator Carper and Congressman Castle to Visit Amtrak Shops

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Wilmington, DE – Senator Tom Carper and Congressman Mike Castle will visit with workers at Amtrak shops in Wilmington and Bear on Wednesday, August 18, 2004. Senator Carper and Congressman Castle will meet with employees, many of whom were recently called back after being laid off, at the Wilmington and Bear Amtrak shops. In 2002, 178 jobs were furloughed because of budget cuts that affected the amount of work being done at those shops. The Congressional Delegation worked diligently to restore funding, thus the workload increased and as a result many of those employees and additional new hires are on the job today. Furthermore, Carper and Castle will focus on the future funding needs of Amtrak. Last year, thanks to the work of the Delaware delegation, Congress appropriated $1.25 billion for Amtrak, its largest budget ever and far more than the $900 million requested by the Bush administration. The Bush administration again this year chose to underfund Amtrak with an FY05 request of $900 million. Carper and Castle both have said that such a request amounts to a shutdown of Amtrak, and they will work to try to restore funding through the congressional appropriations process. Wednesday, August 18, 2004 Senator Carper and Congressman Castle to Visit Amtrak Shops Wilmington Amtrak Shop Visit Time: 10:20 am -11:00 am Location: 4001 Vandever Avenue, Wilmington