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Amendment will prevent surface transportation bill dollars from being used on California HSR project


In the wee hours of this morning, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, a five-year, $260 billion surface transportation bill.

The bill, H.R. 7, includes an amendment proposed by Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) that ensures highway dollars are not used for California’s high-speed rail project. The amendment was approved yesterday when the committee marked up the reauthorization bill.

“This administration and the California Legislature want high-speed rail at any cost, they will spend lavishly without a disciplined plan and say anything to get it done,” said Denham, who serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, in a prepared statement. “This amendment will prohibit highway bill money from being used on a project that is going nowhere fast.”

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