Boehner Blasts 'Stupid Question' on Amtrak

Death toll rises to 8
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 14, 2015 12:50 PM CDT
Boehner Blasts 'Stupid Question' on Amtrak
A flat bed truck hauls a section of new railroad track to the site of Tuesday's deadly train derailment in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Anger related to the Amtrak crash in Philadelphia continued to percolate on Capitol Hill today, as John Boehner ripped into a reporter asking about whether funding cuts contributed. "Are you really going to ask such a stupid question?" Boehner interjected. "Listen: You know they (Democrats) started this yesterday. It's all about funding, it's all about funding. Obviously, it's not about funding," he said, as quoted by CNN. Boehner said the crash happened because the train was going more than 100mph, twice the speed limit. The issue came up because the House Appropriations Committee approved a bill yesterday to cut $252 million from Amtrak's budget, less than 24 hours after the crash.

"Adequate funds were there," said Boehner. "No money was cut from rail safety." In Philadelphia, meanwhile, authorities found another body in the wreckage, bringing the death toll to eight, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Mayor Michael Nutter says all 243 people aboard have now been accounted for, adding that 43 of them remain hospitalized. An official at Temple University Hospital tells NBC News that their injuries share a common trait: "The injuries were sustained by most folks because they had things fall on them. And those things included other people. That was a very common story that I heard." (More Amtrak stories.)

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