Republicans have been celebrating a recent vote to zero out funding for high-speed railways in the 2012 budget, but money that was approved in previous years is allowing the Obama administration to keep its rail plans on track.
The money is still available thanks to an unlikely assist from a trio of Republican governors who rejected money for high-speed railways the Obama administration was authorized to hand out under the 2009 stimulus law.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced this week a large portion of the rejected funds are being redirected, with California getting $928.6 million and Michigan getting $150 million for its line between Detroit and Chicago.
The funds that were sent back by the governors of Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin were still available to the administration because they were appropriated in previous budget years. Continued