Quite a few members of Congress are unhappy about this. Representative Peter DeFazio of Oregon appears to be leading the charge to increase stimulus spending on rail, and had some harsh words for Larry Summers on the matter:
In response to the lack of stimulus spending on rail, DeFazio will introduce an amendment to the stimulus to up rail spending by $2 billion. While that is still short of the $15 billion minimum we had hoped for originally, it is at least something.
This amendment is going to go through the House Rules Committee in order to make it to the floor. With a vote on the stimulus expected on Wednesday, amendments need to be clear of committee by Tuesday.
I am thinking that this might be a good piece of activism for us to jump on tomorrow and Tuesday: call members of the House rules committee to help push the DeFazio amendment onto the floor. Of course, this is only one possible area of the stimulus to focus on, and other people might want to look at others. So, before we take this action, I would like to hear from you. Do you want to make calls asking for an up or down vote on DeFazio's amendment to increase rail spending in the stimulus?