House Republicans Once Again Try to Defund California HSR
Here we go again. House Republicans have voted to defund California high speed rail in yet another attack on the project:
Daring a presidential veto, GOP lawmakers are deploying a Fiscal 2015 transportation funding bill to effectively block the federal Surface Transportation Board from issuing new permits for the California project.
Hammering home the point, House Republicans on Tuesday approved an amendment by Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., that blocks any money from the $52 billion bill from going to California high-speed rail.
This is probably going to get stripped from the bill in conference with the Senate, but it’s still worth watching closely. The California High Speed Rail Authority is pushing back hard, pointing out that this amendment would throw thousands of people out of work:
Richard, while sighing that “we go through this every year with these guys,” also emphasized that killing the California high-speed rail program would wipe out contracts that include a number serving veterans. According to the rail authority, 71 companies working on the rail project have offices in the Central Valley; 47 of these are in the Fresno and Clovis area.
Statewide, the rail authority says 8,589 California-based employees were working on the project as of April.
“Now they’re speaking about throwing people out of jobs,” Richard said.
In short, Central Valley Republicans are trying to throw their constituents out of work. What nice people they are.
Worth keeping in mind as Bakersfield Rep. Kevin McCarthy plots his rise in the wake of Eric Cantor’s surprise defeat.