Monday, December 13, 2010

U.S. House GOP postures against high-speed rail "stimulus"

From the National Journal's transportation blog today:
Let the games begin. House Republicans already are gearing up to pull money away from high-speed rail development, a cause near and dear to Vice President Joe Biden and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., has introduced a bill to rescind unobligated funds from the high-speed rail project that President Obama pushed in an economic stimulus package...
Other House members, like Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., want all unobligated stimulus funds returned to federal coffers, including the billions dedicated to high-speed rail.
The sad but predictable truth is that this is empty posturing by senior GOP members.  They will do nothing about money already committed to wasteful rail projects, especially with incoming transportation chairman John Mica (R-Florida) having reversed himself on high-speed rail now that The Hood is redirecting money to the unneeded Orlando-Tampa rail line.

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