House votes against high speed rail

House votes against high speed rail

Daring a presidential veto, California House Republicans on Tuesday approved an amendment that aims to block any money from the $52 billion bill for the state's high-speed rail program.

The amendment by Representative Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) to Fiscal 2015 transportation funding bill will effectively prevent the federal Surface Transportation Board from issuing new licenses for the California project.

During House debate, Denham said that the high-speed rail program would go out of control.

Urging representatives to support the amendment, Denham said, "This is a project that is going out of control It's a project that has no end in sight. We've got to stop this train wreck."

Following a 15-minute debate, the Republican-controlled House approved the amendment with a 227-186 vote.

The vote follows the GOP lawmakers' policy of opposing the Obama administration's high-speed rail plans. It is important to note here that California's high-speed rail planners have already received nearly $3.8 billion in federal funds, and don't anticipate requiring more federal dollars in the next financial year that starts on October 1.

In May this year, the board of California High-Speed Rail Authority formally approved the Fresno-to-Bakersfield high speed rail route. However, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) has yet to act on the 114-mile route.

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