Garcia proposes amendment to stop federal funding for California high-speed trains

Congressman Mike GarciaR-Santa Clarita, proposed an amendment during House Appropriations Committee markup of the FY2023 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Bill that would prohibit the use of federal funds for California’s failing high-speed rail project.

The high-speed train from Los Angeles to San Francisco was originally estimated to cost around $33 billion and would start operating in 2020, officials said. Garcia.

However, the failed project is now expected to cost $105 billion and more, and still has no concrete completion date.

“This rail project was supposed to be very expensive for the taxpayers, and yet the failure to execute this project is now resulting in an inflated cost estimate with no realistic timeline for completion. The coordinate system for this project is completely off its original plan, which is why I proposed that there be no more federal dollars wasted here,” Garcia said. “This is a simple amendment. I’m not against trains. I think they serve a purpose in major metropolitan areas like Los Angeles and San Francisco. I am, however, anti-government trash and that is why I proposed this amendment.

Garcia’s amendment was ultimately defeated by the Democratic majority on the committee, officials added.

Last year, Garcia argued against funding for the California railroad project to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg during a hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development.

Click on here to see Garcia’s introduction to the amendment.

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