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House Republicans’ spending bill could derail over train concerns

Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., is facing his first big GOP spending showdown as leader of the House of Representatives.

Republican lawmakers and aides told Fox News Digital that the bill laying out funding for Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD) could land with a “thud” on the House floor if it’s not pulled from the schedule or altered.

Among the main issues that kept resurfacing were cuts that both Northeastern and Midwestern Republicans said would severely hinder U.S. train and railway operations. 

“Yeah, it is,” Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., said bluntly when asked whether the spending bill was in trouble. “I know there’s a lot of Republicans I talked to last night, they have the same concerns on the railroad side.” 

He explained earlier, “We’re making some serious cuts . . . to the railroad funding. And you know, I worry about it. We’ve got Union Pacific, we’ve got some Burlington Northern. Amtrak goes through.”

Two more lawmakers from the New York City metropolitan area would not discuss their thoughts on the bill – Reps. Mike Lawler, R-N.Y., and Thomas Kean, R-N.J. 

“I’m not talking about any of the approps bills right now,” Lawler said tersely when asked for his thoughts. When pressed as to why, he said, “Because I’m not.”

As of Thursday afternoon, the THUD spending bill vote is expected on Friday.

Elizabeth Elkind is a reporter for Fox News Digital focused on Congress as well as the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and politics. Previous digital bylines seen at Daily Mail and CBS News.

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