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The $10 billion High Speed Rail Investment Act, which would help fund the creation of regional higher-speed passenger rail networks around the country, may not make it out of the Senate.
The bill became a stumbling block during December 11 budget negotiations between Congress and the White House. President Clinton told Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) that the bill was a priority, the Washington Post reported. But Lott, an Amtrak supporter apparently acting at the request of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) balked. It is unclear whether the bill will resurface again in the ongoing budget negotiations.
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