Congress Cuts Federal Funding for California's High Speed Rail | KCET
Congress Cuts Federal Funding for California's High Speed Rail
California's plans to take the lead in a nationwide high-speed rail system was endangered Thursday after the House approved a spending bill, eliminating federal high-speed rail funding for fiscal year 2012, reported the AP.
Starting in California, the national transportation project from President Barack Obama was targeted by Republicans when they took over the House last year.
The president had requested $8 billion in fiscal 2012 and $53 billion over six years.
The measure cutting high-speed rail funding came from a compromise with Democrats to avoid a government shut-down, and approved by The House 298-121 and then the Senate 70-30, sending it to White House.
Republicans "trumpeted what they said was the death" of Obama's six-year, $53 billion plan, reported USA Today, which noted Republicans support the idea that the future of high-speed rail connects Boston, New York, Philadelphia and D.C., not California and the rest of the country.
Drew Hammill, a spokesman for House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, said the updated business plan by the rail authority made it clear it was wasteful to not build a nationwide high-speed rail system. "While it is regrettable that Republicans continue their attacks against high-speed rail funding, Leader Pelosi stands firm with President Obama in our steadfast commitment to achieving modern high-speed rail for California and the nation," he said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The California Rail Authority planned for federal funds to begin construction for the rail system that will have trains reaching 220 mph. On Nov. 15, they released a call for design firms to bid on initial construction in the Central Valley, from Madera to Fresno, that they expect will break ground in fall 2012.
Another two cases of a rare inflammatory syndrome have been identified in patients at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, bringing the total to six, all of whom tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, it was announced today.
Los Angeles County restaurants were cleared today to reopen for limited dine-in service, as were barbershops and hair salons, as the state approved the county's request to move deeper into California's roadmap for restarting the economy.
KCET and PBS SoCal celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month with a compelling array of special programming, highlighting personal stories from the LGBTQ community and its forerunners and champions who continue to inspire today.
As the economy has cratered, California politicians are increasingly concerned that corporate landlords could swoop in and buy up single-family housing — in a repeat of the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.
- 1 of 292
- next ›