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Amtrak services threatened by GOP-backed budget cuts

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Amtrak is sounding the alarm over a Republican-led budget proposal that threatens to significantly curtail its services.

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If passed, the legislation would slash federal funding for Amtrak by nearly two-thirds, equating to approximately $1.6 billion, a funding level unseen in two decades.

This severe reduction would hit the bustling Northeast Corridor hardest, with an estimated cut of around $1 billion, according to a Democratic aide.

The proposed budget bill is causing concern even within GOP ranks, particularly among New York Republicans who worry about the potential derailment of essential modernization projects.

The Senate, however, is working on a more Amtrak-friendly budget, with funding similar to current levels.