Amtrak President Joseph Boardman had been given a one-year interim contract extension. Although Boardman is a voting member of the Amtrak board, he did not vote on his own contract extension.
Boardman rallied rail labor and Amtrak supporters to lobby Congress for a transportation appropriations bill that passed in December. The bill provides $1.58 billion to Amtrak through September 2010, an increase of $90 million from fiscal year 2009. The money includes $1 billion for capital grants, $560 million for operating subsidies and $20 million to fund Amtrak's inspector general's efforts to eradicate waste, fraud and abuse.