IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2002

Statement of New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial, President, U.S. Conference of Mayors, on the National Rail Defense Act

  • Morial: Potential cancellation of Amtrak service
  • Amtrak's letter to the mayors
  • Memo from the Executive Director
  • Mayor Morial Addresses Senate Committee in support of The National Defense Rail Act
  • Read the measure's summary and status.
  • Letter to Amtrak Mayors' Network (2/27/02)
  • Morial Statement (2/1/02)
  • Mayors Demonstrate Support for Amtrak
  • Letter to Congressman Nussle & Senator Conrad.
  • Letter to Congress & President.
  • "The nation's mayors applaud today's 20-3 vote by the Senate Commerce Committee in favor of the National Rail Defense Act.

    "We commend Senator Hollings for his leadership and vision in building an overwhelming bipartisan majority in favor of a strong and adequately funded national rail system.

    "Mayors have lobbied members of Congress, testified at hearings, and worked hard to educate their constituents about the crucial economic and homeland security role a thriving national rail system plays in America. That is why we are so pleased by today's action and urge the full Senate to take up this bill soon."

    Contact:
    Lina Garcia, (202) 861-6719

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