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Denham withdraws amendment restricting federal funds for high-speed rail

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) said he secured a commitment from Rep. Bill Shuster, chairman of the Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee, to provide significant oversight over California’s high-speed rail project.

With the commitment from Shuster, Denham withdrew his amendment restricting federal funds for California’s high-speed rail project, according to a news release from his office. Denham supports the concept of a high-speed rail in California, but he also recognizes that since the project’s inception, the projected costs have skyrocketed and the project has become misguided in such a way that any more federal funding would be totally irresponsible without congressional oversight, according to the news release.

“I am committed to reducing spending. I plan to provide aggressive oversight of California’s high-speed rail project and with Rep. Shuster’s commitment, I am confident we will do so,” Denham said in the news release. “The project has lacked adequate cost controls, the transparency our Valley farmers deserve and the oversight our taxpayers demand. If necessary, we will work to hold a hearing in California’s Central Valley.”

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