Amtrak is facing a Wednesday strike deadline by its maintenance-of-way employees. Amtrak supporters are pushing legislation in Congress that would head-off the strike, and Congress may also take up measures to improve the passenger railway's financial stability. NPR's Steve Inskeep reports that communities served by Amtrak want the federally-subsidized train service to continue. But as financial constraints force the Amtrak system to shrink, political support in Congress declines with it.



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