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Representative Jeff Denham

Representing the 10th District of California

Denham Amendment Adopted By Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

Feb 3, 2012
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Denham’s amendment to ensure that highway bill dollars are not used on California High-Speed Rail was today adopted by the Transportation & Infrastructure committee, and will be included in the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act (H.R. 7).  Congressman Denham issued the following statement:

“Highway bill money should be used on highways,” said Congressman Denham, Subcommittee Chair on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.  “This Administration and the California legislature want high-speed rail at any cost, they will spend lavishly without a disciplined plan and say anything to get it done, but this amendment will prohibit highway bill money from being used on a project that is going nowhere fast.”

Rep. Denham’s amendment was considered today during the Transportation & Infrastructure’s mark up of the long-term reauthorization and reform of federal surface transportation programs portion of the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act.   The American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act utilizes the natural resources we have here at home to pay for much needed infrastructure projects, while also decreasing gas prices and putting people back to work.  Congressman Denham is a member of both the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee as well as the Natural Resources Committee, which considered the energy portions of the bill Wednesday.