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A top House Republican on Friday sent another warning signal to California's high-speed rail project, by introducing a bill to freeze federal funding.

The bill authored by House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, would stop the Obama administration from spending additional high-speed rail funds through September 2012. Whatever its long-term prospects, the measure sounds a definite political alarm.

"Responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars is always important, and now more than ever. We cannot afford to throw money we don't have at a project most don't have confidence in," McCarthy said Friday.

Nine House members, all California Republicans, joined McCarthy as co-sponsors. The co-sponsors include a number from the Central Valley, including Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Atwater, Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove and Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Visalia..



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