Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Rail left at the station in State of the Union

President Obama made no mention of high-speed rail in his third State of the Union address Tuesday night, providing a sharp departure from previous years' speeches in which when he vocally championed a nationwide network of railways.
Likely coloring the omission was the fact that Republicans largely put the brakes on Obama's rail initiatives in 2011.
The GOP-led House voted last year to eliminate all funding for high-speed rail projects in the 2012 federal budget, and Republican lawmakers pushed for most of the year to privatize the most popular Amtrak service. Continued

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