The top Senate Democrat from Amtrak's Northeast Corridor says Speaker John A. Boehner is denying facts about the circumstances of Tuesday evening's crash outside Philadelphia.
"Speaker Boehner's comments are patently false. Experts have made clear that Positive Train Control could have prevented the tragedy in Philadelphia," Sen. Charles E. Schumer said. "It is simply a fact that insufficient funding for Amtrak has delayed the installation of PTC, and to deny a connection between the accident and underfunding Amtrak is to deny reality."
The New York Democrat was responding to comments Boehner, an Ohio Republican, made at a news conference earlier in the day in response to a question about a move by the House Appropriations Committee to reduce Amtrak funding, which he cut off.
"Are you really going to ask? That's a stupid question," Boehner said, criticizing Democrats connecting the tragic derailment to federal spending on passenger rail. "Listen, you know they started this yesterday 'It's all about funding, It's all about funding.' Well, obviously it's not about funding."