Congressman Costa Responds to High Speed Rail Funding Announcement
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) made the following statement in response to the Trump Administration's decision to cancel nearly $1 billion in funding for the California High Speed Rail project:
"Over a year ago the President lamented to a group of airline executives that the U.S. doesn’t have high speed rail like the fast trains in Europe and Asia. The reason is he and his administration have done nothing to support high speed rail or America’s infrastructure investments, as they have done on those continents," said Costa.
"It’s a sad reflection on our President, who claims to be a builder and a visionary. The reality is he is neither. He is simply being punitive to California because he overwhelmingly lost our state in the 2016 election. California in the next decade will build high speed rail with or without our President’s support. After 2020, hopefully we will have a leader with vision who supports states committed to building high speed rail in America."
California has already filed a lawsuit against the FRA and plans to file for a temporary restraining order blocking the administration from awarding the money to another project.
"This is California's money, appropriated by Congress, and we will vigorously defend it in court," said California Governor Gavin Newsom.