A bipartisan group of House lawmakers want Amtrak to drop — Drop it. … OK, now roll over. Good boy! — its restrictions against packing pets onto trains, calling on the commuter line to allow four-legged friends equal passage across America.
An aide to California Republican Rep. Jeff Denham said the pet-loving pol and chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials came up with his Pets on Trains Act plan following months of conversations with Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman, passenger advocates and members of the Humane Society of the United States.
“It was just sort of, at the end of the day, just common sense,” Denham spokeswoman Amanda Maddox said of the proposal.
(Courtesy Rep. Jeff Denham)
The plan would allow Denham to include his precious Lily, an 18-month-old French bulldog he gifted to his wife, Sonia, a little more than a year ago, in future train trips.