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California's high-speed rail debate comes to Capitol Hill this week, as a key House committee conducts its first hearing devoted solely to the state's project.

The Republican-led House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is setting the tone for what participants can expect, calling Thursday's hearing "California's High-Speed Rail Plan: Skyrocketing Costs and Project Concerns."

Minds may be already made up, but the witnesses do reflect the competing sides in this debate. Following a presentation by House members, a panel of seven witnesses will make their case. They include Roelof Van Ark, chief executive officer of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, as well as skeptics like Madera County farmer Kole Upton. A committee briefing paper provides background.

The hearing starts at 10 a.m. EST and will be webcast.



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