Trump SLAPS California Down To Reality

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The Trump administration will terminate its agreement with California to fund the state’s struggling high-speed rail project, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) said Thursday.

In a letter to state officials, Administrator Ronald Batory said FRA would deobligate the $928.6 million set aside for the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) under a 2010 agreement. The agency will also continue to examine recouping the $2.5 billion in stimulus funds already spent on the rail program, according to a copy of Batory’s letter obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

“FRA finds that CHSRA has repeatedly failed to comply with the terms of the FY10 Agreement and has failed to make reasonable progress on the Project,” FRA said in an emailed statement.

“Additionally, California has abandoned its original vision of a high-speed passenger rail service connecting San Francisco and Los Angeles, which was essential to its applications for FRA grant funding,” the agency said.

The decision to withdraw federal rail funding is likely to heighten tensions between the Trump administration and California.

Dubbed the “train to nowhere,” Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in February he shelved plans to complete the entire high-speed rail line that voters approved in 2008. The project was meant to connect major urban areas from San Diego to San Francisco by high-speed rail.

Instead, California intends to finish an 119-mile corridor in the Central Valley — at a cost of roughly $89 million per mile.

California’s once-celebrated dream of high-speed rail became bogged down by cost overruns, delays and mismanagement. State officials reported in 2018 that finishing the entire rail line could cost $77 billion.

Despite the high cost, Newsom, a Democrat, said he wanted to complete a section of the rail line to help the Central Valley’s economy and avoid having to send $3.5 billion in federal funds back to the Trump administration.

“I am not interested in sending $3.5 billion in federal funding that was allocated to this project back to [President] Donald Trump,” Newsom said in February.

However, Trump quickly took to Twitter to demand California repay the federal governmentover the abandoned rail project. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) warned it was keeping a close eye on California’s high-speed rail plans, including whether or not the state would need to pay back $3.5 billion in federal funds.

Now, DOT officials have determined California violated the terms of its cooperative agreement with the federal government. That determination cost California nearly $930 million in funds, Batory wrote in his letter.

“Finally, the dramatically reduced scope of California’s current plan for its HSR System is simply not consistent with the Project as CHSRA proposed in its applications for Federal financial assistance on the Project,” Batory wrote.

“For these reasons, and those set forth in this decision, FRA has determined to terminate the FYlO Agreement, effective today, and will deobligate the associated funds,” wrote Batory.

Src: The Daily Caller

16 COMMENTS

  1. I feel for Californians living in a sanctuary state .did the citizens really vote for all this. No wonder the people are leaving. Starting to look like a third world country in alot of downtown sanctuary cities

  2. Maybe someone should inform Newsom that the billions of dollars he refuses to return to Trump, Did not come from Trump they came from the American Taxpayers! How dare he refuse to refund the money to our treasury when he and his Dem Cali buddies have mismanaged, misspent and misappropriated these funds!

    Grow up Newsom, this money belongs to We the People – and We want a Refund.
    I know it is hard to understand when you are sooo Woke that you go down to Hondorus to see what Ca. can do to help with their poor and homeless – while you ignore the Poor Homeless US Citizens (i.e. taxpayers) in your own state.

    And AOC thinks we can build high-speed rail not only all over the US but across the oceans as well! Maybe she should look at how well it went in Ca. before she opens her big mouth.

    • Right on point. Perfectly stated. I agree 100% with everything you said. Newsome does need to grow up big time. California owes back the American people.

    • Here’s one part of the equation you forgot the people in California pay taxes also. You speak of misspending, missmanagement of funds. why waste 5 billion on a wall that hasn’t worked and still won’t work when there are already homes in several states with highways of underground tunnels coming into the U.S. The waste of funds you speak of is that stupid wall he promised the country Mexico was going to pay for. He will divide this already great country. Not to mention the fact he’s trying to start war on 3 fronts with 3 of the worst leaders in the world, I’m a combat veteran, don’t know if you have ever been to war, but it’s not like the movies. Why don’t we just destroy the planet to save his ego. NO ONE SURVIVES A NUCLEAR WAR, oh waite let’s add a hydrogen bomb to the mix. You can’t follow your president to that underground bunker he may survive but you won’t! keep supporting your president the country will see how that works out.

  3. He should be responsible for that money being paid back or join the rest of the criminals. Telling the President ,your not paying it back. Seriously! Our ass would be in the federal pen. The politicians of California are flat out screwing the citizens out of their tax money and federal. Build the damn wall right up the westcoast. They dont want to be part of this country. Just like the clean air bs they get fired up. The rest of the country has to pay for. yet,they have more smog than anywhere. Its all in their pockets.

  4. As i RECALL , IT WAS ALSO cALIFORNIA THAT MILLIONS IN WIND POWER GENERATIONS THEN THE CEO TOOK THE MONEY AND RAN , NERVER TO REPAY THAT MONEY EITHER , OF COURSE THIS TOO WAS AN OBAMA ERA HOOK UP . WONDER HOW MUCH OBAMA GOT BACK ON THOSE KICK BACKS ?

  5. What a Moron Newscum is! He doesn’t want to repay billions to Trump??? He (CA) doesn’t owe that money to Trump! He and his Liberal Commifornia Comrades owe that money back to the people (taxpayers) of the USA!!! Newscum is a dangerous DemoSocialist trying very hard to finish what Moonbeam started…ruining California!!!

  6. I am a native Californian (2nd gen. born here, 3rd gen. to live here) — and I agree with ALL OF THE ABOVE!

    Hooray for the FRA!

  7. I’m 63 yrs old. In all my years I have never heard of such bullshit that is coming from these democrats. High speed trains to Hawaii? No gasoline/diesel engines for cars aircraft or the world is gonna end if we don’t change in 12 years? Spend billions of tax payer money on a project that didn’t happen and not feel obligated to pay it back?I think the whole Democratic Party needs a collective bitch-slap. We have an old saying where I live….” you can’t cure stupidity, but you can try to numb it with a 2×4…”

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