Amid Wall Row, Feds Ask Calif. To Return $928M In Rail Funds

Law360 (February 19, 2019, 10:43 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that it is planning to pull almost $1 billion in funding for a high-speed rail system in California, a move Gov. Gavin Newsom called “clear political retribution” for the Golden State’s just-launched lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s border wall emergency declaration.

In a letter to the California High-Speed Rail Authority, the DOT said it would cancel more than $928 million in federal funding because the Golden State purportedly hadn’t upheld its end of a deal attached to that funding.

But Newsom said in a statement that the DOT’s move was payback for a lawsuit...

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