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Obama Uses Amtrak Crash To Demand More Infrastructure Funding

At Camp David Thursday, President Obama expressed sympathy for the victims of the Amtrak train crash on Tuesday and used the occasion to call for more infrastructure funding.

“Until we know for certain what caused this tragedy, I just want to reiterate what I have already said, that we are a growing country with a growing economy,” he said, “We need to invest in the infrastructure that keeps us that way, and not just when something happens like a bridge collapse or a train derailment, but all the time. That’s what great nations do.”

Obama admitted that the cause of the accident had not been officially confirmed, and did not refer to reports that the train had been traveling more than 100 miles per hour in a 50 miles per hour zone before the crash.

“I offer my prayers for those who grieve, a speedy recovery for the many who are injured, as they work to recover and we will cooperate obviously at every level of government to make sure that we get answers in terms of precisely what happened,” he added.

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