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No high speed rail money in federal budget

An artist's rendering of California's high speed rail.
California High Speed Rail Authority
File photo: An artist's rendering of California's high speed rail. The House of Representatives passed a temporary measure that does not mention funding for the future bullet train.

The House of Representatives passed a temporary measure to pay for several government agencies through mid-December on Thursday. Funding for high speed rail has no part in the measure.

Democratic Congresswoman Laura Richardson of Long Beach says zero funding for high speed rail is a step back, but it's also an opportunity to put the "right" plans forward.

"We’ve got time," she said, "but we’ve gotta get going and do it right."

California's plan to build a 200 mph train route between San Francisco and San Diego has hit several speed bumps of late, including court rulings over its route and a price tag that's more than doubled. Richardson, a member of the House high speed rail caucus, says California's lawmakers want an update from rail authorities so everyone's on the same page. And even though dedicated funding for high speed rail is also missing from the federal transportation budget, Richardson says it still has strong support from the White House.

"What the President has shown us is that high speed rail, I think, is a key to his legacy," she said.

California has already received nearly $4 billion from the federal government for high speed rail, plus $9 billion approved by state voters. The current cost estimate is $98 billion.