House Appropriations Committee Passes Valadao Proposal
Restricts Federal Funding of California High Speed Rail
On Thursday, the House Committee on Appropriations dealt a blow to California High Speed Rail with the passage of legislative proposals authored by U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) within the FY2014 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Bill.On Thursday, the House Committee on Appropriations dealt a blow to California High Speed Rail with the passage of legislative proposals authored by U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) within the FY2014 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Bill.
Base bill language proposed by Congressman Valadao, was previously adopted by the Subcommittee and today by the Full Committee. This language prevents additional federal funds from being spent on construction of proposed California High Speed Rail projects in 2014.
Additionally, during today’s Committee Markup, Congressman Valadao introduced an amendment requiring all actions by the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to address California High Speed Rail may only occur if the Surface Transportation Board has permitted the project in its entirety.
Congressman Valadao stated, “Not only does this legislation control future waste of taxpayer dollars by preventing the use of federal funds for this impractical project, it also ensures that the Surface Transportation Board can no longer use questionable piecemeal approaches to circumvent regulatory protocol to permit rail projects.” Congressman Valadao continued, “It is important that impacts of this project are considered in their entirety and that due diligence reflects the entire project being pursued.”
Congressman Valadao’s efforts join with those of other Valley Delegation Members including Congressmen Devin Nunes (CA-22) and Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) to oppose this wasteful use of taxpayer dollars.
“California’s high-speed rail is an extravagant, unnecessary project that will cost tens of billions more than estimated,” said Congressman Nunes. “It’s good that the San Joaquin Valley has a representative on the Appropriations Committee who can stand up for taxpayers against this kind of reckless waste of their money.”
Congressman Kevin McCarthy stated, “From its inception to STB’s most recent flawed decision to permit initial construction, California high speed rail exemplifies the politics-over-taxpayers mantra of this Administration. I commend Congressman Valadao for his leadership in getting commonsense policies adopted by the House Appropriations Committee today. His amendment would prevent STB from continuing to issue incomplete patchwork permits on various segments of California high speed rail. Today’s action helps to protect hardworking taxpayers from this Administration greenlighting high-speed rail and future projects which continue to suffer from questionable finances, ever-shifting business plans, and lagging public support.”
The Valadao Amendment to the FY2014 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Bill passed by voice vote in full Committee markup. The entire bill passed through committee by a voice vote.
Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern counties.