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LaHood tells tourism summit high-speed rail will roll in U.S.

(The following appeared at www.thehill.com on May 18, 2011.)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told attendees at a global tourism summit being hosted in Las Vegas that the Obama administration's high-speed rail initiative was still on track despite rejections of federal money by a trio Republican governors.

Newly elected GOP governors in Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin have said "no" to entreaties to build new railways, despite the enticement of federal dollars. But LaHood said at the World Travel & Tourism Council's 11th annual summit that "Americans are way ahead of the politicians on this and it will be good for all of you in the hospitality industry.

Full story: www.thehill.com

Thursday, May 19, 2011

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