A provision in the $109 billion Map-21 bill is hindering the release of federal funds for California's estimated $98 billion high-speed rail project, said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "We're not going to get $1 as long as there's language in appropriations bills that says there's no federal money that can be spent on California high-speed rail," LaHood said. "That doesn't help us get any more [private] money to the project." GOP leaders on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee are not convinced about the project, leading them to question whether taxpayer money spent on the project would be justified, writes Keith Laing.

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