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Well -- black Angus steak.
Wild caught my -- mine he your choice of red or white wines.
This isn't that menu at some fancy rest or -- these are the meals being served right now on Amtrak.
It's also getting some help from the country's top -- and guess what.
You are paying for congressman John Mica chairman of that committee on government operations who oversees all this.
Says it's time that cut out that fancy meals and stop taxpayers from being taken for a ride.
The congressman is with me now Ari how much money are we spending on this and how much money are we losing.
And I hope you're sitting down but.
As the last twelve years this year.
Well have lost being in dollars and food service and Amtrak.
Last year over 72 million dollars in losses and now we learn we're paying.
For a gourmet chefs conclave that's held every year and it appears believable in Wilmington.
Well that I culinary advice -- a serial committee took.
Obviously -- culinary advisory committee just knocked my socks up federal government.
Uncle Sam taxpayers.
Paying for three -- may -- to design these -- For Amtrak one is Tom Douglas -- Seattle -- He's written three cookbooks any sell something home -- with love like it should put it on barbecue.
And then there's a Fella.
Hugh is the executive chef of the chamber a lot hotels -- -- -- as he works over in Malaysia I wonder we fly him back and forth I have no idea.
And -- Jenkins that runs -- -- right here in New York City look I'm not against good food I love good food.
I just don't -- paper Amtrak's losses.
What what should happen here.
Well even if it these are only advisory.
This food is served.
These long distance routes and actually the last over the last year the losses have increases the increased.
The sunset limited that this is their menu.
The taxpayers -- write it underwriting error free ticket.
By over 400 dollars so these losses are huge amounts -- this comes on the week when word this that this debating on the floor of the house.
Food stamps and those programs for our neediest Americans.
Paul congressman he says something that surprised me here you said you don't know what we're paying -- we don't know.
That information on the public -- -- know the answer that question.
Well at Amtrak cooks the books.
We do know in testimony they estimated their loss last year was seven the two million dollars we don't know about this year gourmet chef conclave.
The expenses to get them there after the advice may be free but what are they doing.
Adding more expensive meals to routes that are already losing and costing taxpayers millions.
It's unbelievable and here's part of the dining menu spice rubbed Atlantic salmon are heroes -- half chicken.
Brittle -- to Lafayette selections of sorbet in July -- -- Inter -- loses money on -- humor and why are they bothering with this.
Well last year we -- here.
We subsidize Amtrak a billion and a half dollars a billion and a half dollars.
Every everyone who got out all thirty may -- tickets that were sold.
We're subsidized 46 dollars.
Now this food service menu and that the chef -- gourmet chefs can't play we want to find out how much that's cost.
And why there -- increasing.
Their food costs instead of decreasing them in saving taxpayer monies when when we're really hurting.
Congressman we have any idea how much money Amtrak is making these days is -- making any money at all.
It is not making that unfortunately they've cooked the books.
Even the northeast quarter where we're putting 300 -- end.
Into the northeast quarter if you count our capital expenditures.
Over the revenue that's coming at.
The long distance routes all the top three and then on top of that they're trained -- increases there losses here the year.
And that's where they're serving these gourmet meals that are being cooked up -- -- -- It's gonna tell you the last time I took Amtrak the bears have gone up so have -- they are losing more money they're also charging more.
Just to circle back to what I said about hamburgers.
Taxpayer subsidize every hamburger -- four dollars and 37 cents in every -- By a dollar forty got your work cut out for you congressman.
Thanks for coming on today congressman Mike had good luck -- national food stamp bigger -- -- now you.
-- thank you.
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