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Tue May 21, 2019, 05:31 PM

California sues Trump administration over withholding high-speed rail funds

Source: Reuters

California on Tuesday sued the Trump administration in U.S. District Court after the U.S. Transportation Department confirmed it would withhold $929 million in high-speed rail funding awarded to the state in 2010.

The state later on Tuesday plans to seek a temporary restraining order request asking a judge to prevent the U.S. Transportation Department from repurposing the money for other transit projects, the governor’s office said.

The state argues that the withholding is aimed at punishing California for opposing President Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the southern U.S. border. The suit also names Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)and FRA chief Ron Batory.

Trump has repeatedly criticized the project. In a speech last week, Trump called the project a “disaster” and “totally out of control” and recounted that he had said “Elaine, it’s over for them” to Chao about the California project.

The move marked the latest in an ongoing battle between the Trump administration and California over a series of issues including immigration, vehicle emissions standards and internet policy.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-rail-suit/california-sues-trump-administration-over-withholding-high-speed-rail-funds-idUSKCN1SR295



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Reply California sues Trump administration over withholding high-speed rail funds (Original post)
left-of-center2012 May 21 OP
hlthe2b May 21 #1
AllaN01Bear May 21 #2
LisaM May 21 #3
bitterross May 22 #10
LisaM May 22 #12
maxsolomon May 21 #4
bluestarone May 21 #5
lark May 21 #6
Thomas Hurt May 21 #7
Maxheader May 21 #8
madville May 21 #9
Merlot May 22 #11
Eugene May 22 #13

Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 05:32 PM

1. Good...

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 05:49 PM

2. good

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 05:50 PM

3. Glad Elaine Chao is mentioned, too.

That is one corrupt woman.

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Response to LisaM (Reply #3)

Wed May 22, 2019, 12:26 AM

10. She should be called Elaine Chao-McConnell

I think that needs to happen. Not trying to be sexist here.

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Response to bitterross (Reply #10)

Wed May 22, 2019, 01:35 PM

12. Agreed. Not a lot of people get the connection.

Actually, we should call Mitch, "Mitch Chao".

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 05:51 PM

4. Never a rationale, just binary, hyperbolic declarations.

Disaster
Totally out of control
It's over for them

He's petty, capricious, and vindictive. He'll lose, but 1st everyone gets to suffer.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 06:24 PM

5. GOOD NEWS!

Hope they win this!

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 07:02 PM

6. Go California, stop his unconstitutional fuckery!

The only question here is will the Russian Repug SCOTUS stand by their man, fuck over the libs, and ignore the constitution?

Or will they be SCOTUS first and rule based on laws and principals?

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 07:05 PM

7. another item for the impeachment articles.

The fascist pig is doing this strictly out of spite....a complete abuse of power.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 07:17 PM

8. Totally out of control...?


Like the trade war? Like the mueller report? Like you and your son-in-laws past banking activities?

Cheetox knows out of control...

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue May 21, 2019, 08:11 PM

9. This has been brewing for awhile

California initially was awarded the funds to build X amount if miles of high speed rail. They have scaled it so far back now that if it ever gets built it will only be a 110-mile line between Fresno and Bakersfield. That's the whole project now. Now there probably is a petty reason they are doing it now but on the other side of it I ask why do you spend billions to literally build a high speed rail line to no where?

It actually caused quite a stir several months ago out here. California may actually have to return some of the money they have already received under the terms of the agreement.

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Response to madville (Reply #9)

Wed May 22, 2019, 10:39 AM

11. It was originally slated to go LA to SFO

Which is one of the US's most heavily trafficked corridors. The builders of the high speed rail said to build it directly next to the I5 freeway because the route is already built but smaller cities and counties started piping up and demanding stops in their cities.

Had it been done as originally planned, probably would have been more cost effective, not to mention done by now. Instead, we get the train from nowhere to nowhere and back.

Europe and Japan get bullit trains, we get 1970's trains chugging along old routs. yay us.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 04:41 PM

13. Trump administration holds off redirecting California's high-speed rail money

Source: Reuters

POLITICS MAY 22, 2019 / 3:44 PM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO

Trump administration holds off redirecting California's high-speed rail money

David Shepardson
3 MIN READ

(Reuters) - The Trump administration on Wednesday agreed not to immediately redirect nearly $1 billion it is withholding from California’s high-speed rail project, one of several disputes between Republican Trump and the Democratic-controlled state.

In exchange, the state dropped its plans to ask a court to at least temporarily halt any planned shift in funds, California Governor Gavin Newsom’s office said.

On Tuesday, California sued in U.S. District Court in San Francisco to challenge the administration’s decision to withhold $929 million awarded in 2010 for a “bullet” train project hobbled by extensive delays and rising costs. The administration had rejected the state’s administrative appeal.

The lawsuit argued that President Donald Trump has “overt hostility to California” and its opposition to his initiative, so far unrealized, to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Republican administration and California’s Democrats have also clashed over immigration and air quality standards.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) cannot re-obligate California’s funding to another state without first initiating a formal process of issuing a notice, according to a joint court filing from the state and U.S. Justice Department.

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-rail/trump-administration-holds-off-redirecting-californias-high-speed-rail-money-idUSKCN1SS2OG

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