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The Obama administration on Monday rolled out its specific American Jobs Act, a 155-page wish list that includes $4 billion for high-speed rail. The proposed legislation states that at least 85 percent of the funds "shall be for cooperative agreements that lead to the development of entire segments or phases of intercity or high-speed rail corridors."

In theory, this could benefit California, as the state has already picked up several billion dollars in federal aid for its high-speed rail work. In political practice, this provision might face resistance on Capitol Hill, where House Republicans in particular have voiced skepticism about Obama's cherished high-speed rail priorities.

In addition, the Obama jobs package proposes $2 billion for Amtrak.



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