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Sometimes, it seems like everyone gets their own congressional caucus on Capitol Hill. There's a Friends of Norway Caucus, an Afterschool Caucus, a Zero Capital Gains Tax Caucus. And then there are the really big ones, like the 200--plus member Congressional Wine Caucus, currently co-chaired by Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Gold River.

Now, high-speed rail aficionados will get a caucus to call their own.

On Wednesday, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, will join with House and Senate members at Washington's Union Station to tout formation of what they call the new Bi-Cameral High- Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus.

Politically, the new group has its work cut out for it, as a number of congressional Republicans have voiced skepticism about high-speed rail projects, including California's multibillion dollar plan.



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