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LaHood: 'Line outside my door' for Florida high-speed rail money

(The following appeared on The Hill's website on March 11, 2011.)

WASHINGTON, D.C. ‚ Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said he plans to reallocate the $2.4 billion in high-speed rail money that was rejected by Florida's governor.

Just this week, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said he still had a "sliver of hope" Florida would receive the money it was awarded for a bullet train connecting Tampa and Orlando — funding that Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) turned down.

But speaking Thursday to the Senate Appropriations Committee's Transportation and Housing and Urban Development subcommittee, LaHood said point blank that the money will be used somewhere else.

"There is a line outside of my door of governors, senators and congressmen," he said. "There is no shortage of interest in the $2.4 billion we're going to reallocate from Florida."

The full story appears at www.TheHill.com.

Friday, March 11, 2011

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