October 25, 2007, 12:00 am ET - Amendment SA 3461 proposed by Senator Lott for Senator DeMint.
October 25, 2007, 12:00 am ET - Amendment SA 3461 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

Full Text of this Amendment

SA 3461. Mr. DeMINT submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 294, to reauthorize Amtrak, and for other purposes; as follows:

At the end of title III, add the following:
(a) In General.--Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall complete a study that compares the passenger rail system in the United States with the passenger rail systems in Canada, Germany, Great Britain, and Japan.
(b) Issues To Be Studied.--The study conducted under subsection (a) shall include a country-by-country comparison of--
(1) the development of high speed rail;
(2) passenger rail operating costs;
(3) the amount and payment source of rail line construction and maintenance costs;
(4) the amount and payment source of station construction and maintenance costs;
(5) passenger rail debt service costs;
(6) passenger rail labor agreements and associated costs;
(7) the net profit realized by the major passenger rail service providers in each of the 4 most recent quarters;
(8) the percentage of the passenger rail system's costs that are paid from general government revenues; and
(9) the method used by the government to provide the subsidies described in paragraph (8).
(c) Report.--Not later than 180 days after the completion of the study under subsection (a), the Comptroller General shall submit a report containing the findings of such study to--
(1) the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate; and
(2) the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives.

(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Oct 25, 2007.)