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Unformatted text preview: uld be worked out given the poor American
economy.For their part, Democrats in the House said the bill Thursday was “far from perfect,” but they were resigned to the fate of the rail money
for now. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said,“For too long, we have been over-dependent on cars and planes. High Speed Rail should be an option
between any cities within a 500 mile radius, providing competitive trip times and fares, freeing up airspace, and benefiting our environment,
economy, and national security. It makes no sense to abandon our efforts to develop High Speed Rail in this country.” With the Obama bill
killed in the House the bill went to the Senate, where it received a bit of life after death. The Senate committee voted
to restore $100 million in spending to the high speed rail program. Some spending at least keeps the program alive –
sort of.With a zombified high speed rail funding bill lurking around some progress will still be done on establishing a
nationwide high speed rail line; but with the limited funds not much progress can be made. Meanwhile, instead of
looking at a nationwide system all attention is now focused on the existing rails in the Northeast and improvements that
can be made to them using high speed tr...
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