From the north state's Rep. Doug LaMalfa:
Representative Doug LaMalfa testified this week at a hearing of the House Transportation & Infrastructure’s Rail Subcommittee on the financial risk to federal and state budgets posed by California’s high-speed rail plan. Following the hearing, LaMalfa joined every Republican member of California’s Congressional delegation in introducing a bill to suspend federal funding for the project, H.R. 3893.Video footage of LaMalfa's testimony is here. In signing on as a sponsor, LaMalfa makes good on a promise he made in November, when he called the project "dead in the water" as a result of the court rulings.
“After a state court ruled what anyone paying attention has known for years, that the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s plan violated voter-approved law, it’s time for Congress to end the gravy train," said LaMalfa. "We need to ask ourselves, as a federal body, whether we are being good stewards of Americans’ tax dollars, particularly now that California is prohibited from using state bonds to build the project. At a time when every aspect of federal spending is being scrutinized, is it appropriate to use borrowed federal dollars for this project?”