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Senate panel OKs limited money for high-speed rail

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Democratic-led Senate Appropriations Committee has voted to provide $100 million to build high-speed rail lines, a small portion of what President Barack Obama has proposed for one of his economic priorities.

The panel voted Wednesday to include the money in a $110 billion transportation and housing bill for next year.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., the bill’s author, included nothing for high-speed rail in the original measure, citing budget constraints.

But senators backed an amendment by No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Richard Durbin of Illinois adding the money. He said it would be paid for with unspent money from past home district projects called earmarks.

In the Republican-run House, a subcommittee has approved legislation that denies any of the $8 billion Obama wants for high-speed rail next year.

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One comment

  1. Right, everywhere else except here in Wisconsin, thanks to the Scooter and his influential roadie supporters.

    Of course, here in Wisconsin, we’ll still get to pay for the amenities that other, more-visionary governors are providing for *their* constituents, so the good news is, Scooter’s promise of 250,000 jobs-jobs-jobs will definitely become reality.

    The bad news is, that reality will be … all together, now … everywhere else except here in Wisconsin.

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