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Unformatted text preview: -sbut-not-yet-fully-dead/, Accessed 6/1/12] SM Before the Thanksgiving break, House Republicans voted to kill a transportation appropriations bill that resulted in the
majority of funding for America’s high speed rail program being eliminated. The GOP cheered at the death of President
Obama’s national rail network plan; but their jubilation came premature. When the vote went to the Senate things changed –
the bill was not dead but not really alive either.Prior to the House vote, the Obama Administration had envisioned spending $53
billion on a nationwide high speed rail program over a six year period, including more than $8 billion next year. Beginning in 2008, under the
Passenger Rail Investment Act, or PRIA, Congress spent about $2 billion a year on the American high speed rail program. But last year,
Congress stopped appropriating money for high speed rail; essentially derailing President Obama’s expressed intention
to connect 80% of Americans to high speed rail by 2036. Even with all these setbacks against an American high spee...
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