DOT Backs $68B Calif. High Speed Rail Amid House Attacks

Law360, Philadelphia (December 6, 2012, 1:54 PM EST) -- U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood defended California’s controversial $68.4 billion high-speed rail project in a legislative hearing Thursday, deflecting criticism from congressional Republicans, who claimed the project lacked a proper funding plan to ensure its completion.

In a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing about the general development of high-speed rails around the country, LaHood faced aggressive comments by California Republican Reps. Kevin McCarthy and Jeff Denham, who both attacked the costs of the project.

“We need to analyze the business plan, analyze the...
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