Congress recently approved an additional $2.3 billion for high-speed rail projects this year, on top of the $8 billion in federal grants under last year's federal stimulus bill. However, many states simply can't afford to match any new federal grants for high-speed rail projects with 20% of their own funds, as required by Congress this year. Several Republican candidates running for office in California, Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida are opposing high-speed rail as a result, saying their home states can make better use of that money.

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