John on November 17, 2011 at 8:10 pm
USA Today reports:
The House and Senate voted today to eliminate most of the $8 billion that President Obama sought next year for his vision of nationwide high-speed rail.
Republicans trumpeted what they said was the death of the president’s six-year, $53 billion plan, saying the future of fast trains lies along the Northeast Corridor, The Hill writes. The funding was eliminated in a deal with Democrats on a spending bill for the Transportation Department and other agencies. The measure cleared the House by 298-121 and the Senate by 70-30 on its way to Obama’s desk.
The story goes on to note that some money for the projects is already in the pipeline, meaning not all of them will shut down immediately.