Amtrak funding now has a veto-proof majority in both the House and the Senate, though it looks to me like there may be some reconciliation issues. The die-hard nature of the Bush administration's opposition to this broadly supported measure is a little puzzling, but he's a really bad president so this is what you get. There's much to criticize in the Amtrak status quo, but it's not as if the White House has come up with some visionary alternative strategy for passenger rail in the United States.

Meanwhile, I'll be hopping on a train soon to go to New York for tonight's book talk and signing at the Strand.

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