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Denham, House take steps to prevent project funding

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webmaster | 07/02/12

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed an amendment introduced by Congressman Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, to prevent funding from being used on the California High-Speed Rail project.

“At a time when we’re over-burdened by state and federal debt and already struggling to find ways to pay for existing programs, we should not be throwing money we don’t have at a project most don’t have confidence in,” said Denham, who represents the 19th District in the House, which includes parts of Madera County.

“Instead of taking responsibility for the obvious, this administration and the California legislature would rather California ignore its growing debt and continue a seriously-flawed HSR project that would drive California closer to insolvency.”

As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Denham has raised concerns in light of increasing uncertainty regarding the financial state of the project. The project has seen its cost and construction time projections increase dramatically compared to the proposal California voters originally approved, he said...


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