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Republicans to California: Give Us Back Those High-Speed Funds

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Via the Mercury News, not entirely unexpected news that the Republicans are clamoring for stimulus funds: "Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, last week introduced the American Recovery and Reinvestment Rescission Act, which would return the final $12 billion in unspent and uncommitted stimulus funds to the U.S. Treasury to help fight the $1.3 trillion U.S. deficit. About half the remaining stimulus money is set aside for planned high-speed rail projects. The largest is in California, which has spent nearly $200 million of its $2.25 billion award on planning but is saving the rest for construction." According to the paper, while bill would "would have to get past a Democrat-controlled Senate and Obama's veto pen," the High-Speed Rail Authority is keeping a close watch on the situation.
· GOP House aims to take $2 billion back from California high-speed rail [Mercury News]