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High_Speed_Rail.jpgCongressional skeptics of California's high-speed rail project make their feelings known in a draft transportation spending bill made public this week.

The bill from by the transportation subcommittee of the powerful House Appropriations Committee declares that "none of the funds made available by this act may be used for the California High-Speed Rail Program of the California High-Speed Rail Authority."

The language conforms with the views of skeptics like Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, a member of the appropriations committee, Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, chair of the House railroad subcommittee and Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, the House majority whip.

Denham said Wednesday his intent is to ensure that "Valley dollars stay in the Valley."

"We're working together in concert with the other concerned members from the Valley," Denham said.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority has already received some $3.5 billion in federal funds, and was not anticipating getting any more in the 2014 fiscal year.

The high-speed rail language was included in a bill that, overall, provides $15.3 billion for an assortment of federal transportation.

PHOTO: Rendering by Newlands and Co. Inc. of a station in California's proposed high-speed rail network. The Sacramento Bee file, 2008



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