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nndb a deadly Amtrak derailment in Maine should have scared the rail industry into meeting an end of the year safety deadline to install public group train control technology which automatically stop out of control trains instead train industry lobbyists put pressure on lawmakers to stall the mandate , Reuters David Morgan covers transportation issues from Washington , what good lobbyist did was to create a kind of , perfect storm you might say , phone calls and letters , this is it lawmakers from a huge segment of the U. S. economy , Congress agreeing to move the deadline to at least two thousand eighteen as part of a larger transportation bill and president Obama signed on the bottom line records show a direct line from railroad lobbyist and their supporters to this victory on Capitol Hill spending by lobbyists urged to seventy million in the third quarter from just eighteen point five million in the first quarter , the message along with that spending was nothing less than economic extortion lobbies warning that if the costly deadline wasn't moved the railroad would stop transporting people and good , typically all that oil and natural gas from the Midwest that help the economy recover from the Great Recession that stoppage according to one estimate would take a thirty billion dollar buy out of the economy , suddenly lawmakers , across Congress we're hearing from constituents and suddenly all of the lawmakers in Congress almost a , I'm jumping up and down and shout and looking for solutions but their solution comes out what costume human life the national transportation safety board SPT scene could have saved two hundred and forty five lives since nineteen sixty nine critics fear America is just one break train filled with combustible gas away