Members from Congress here in Central Florida battled over whether to allow federal funding for a rail system that would eventually run from Orlando to Miami, on Tuesday.
Congressman Alan Grayson (D-Orlando) and Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-Jacksonville) voted against an amendment being sponsored by Bill Posey (R-Rockledge) that would have prohibited federal dollars from the project. The amendment was defeated by a vote of 260 to 163. The only Democrat to vote for the measure of Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-Plantation), who is running for the Democratic nomination for the Senate next year, and could potentially square off against Grayson, who has said “probably yes” to a run.
“All Aboard Florida will improve the lives of thousands of Floridians,” said Grayson “Mr. Posey’s amendments will limit investment in projects like All Aboard Florida, and put us even farther behind the rest of the world when it comes to high-speed rail. We have an opportunity to improve the environment, get cars off the roads, and help the economies of both Miami and Orlando with this project. It makes zero sense to do anything that slows it down.”
The All Aboard Florida project would create a privately owned and operated passenger rail system that connects South Florida to Orlando International Airport, with stations in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. The project’s backers tout billions of dollars in economic impact, and hundreds of millions in local, state and federal tax revenues in the next several years. They also believe project is also expected to create as many 10,000 construction jobs.
“My colleague Rep. Bill Posey offered several amendments to the Transportation spending bill this week to prohibit funding for All Aboard Florida. I’m very disappointed to see that the House did not approve his amendments, but we’ll continue to work together to stop All Aboard Florida. #NotAllAboard” said Murphy on social media.