Boom! Trump officially pulls $1B from high-speed rail boondoggle – Newsom cries like a baby…

Posted by on May 17, 2019 4:44 pm
Categories: Column 2

And Gavin Newsom is already promising to sue…

 

SACRAMENTO (CBS SF/AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom has sharply criticized the Trump Administration’s withdrawal of nearly $1 billion in federal money for California’s high-speed rail project.

 

Newsom called the move the latest act of retribution by the president directed at California.

 

“The Trump Administration’s action is illegal and direct assault on California, our green infrastructure, and the thousands of Central Valley workers who are building this project,” Newsom said in a statement posted on Twitter.

 

“Just as we have seen from the Trump Administration’s attacks on our clean air standards, our immigrant communities and in countless other areas, the Trump Administration is trying to exact political retribution on our state,” he continued.

 

Newsom said California would go to court to protect the funding — a legal strategy that was met with approval by Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

 

“I agree with Governor Newsom that California should take this decision to court and I thank him for responding so quickly,” Feinstein said. “These are funds that Congress appropriated and the president obligated. They cannot legally be withdrawn without good cause. The Trump administration has no basis for claiming that California has failed to satisfy its end of the grant agreement.”

 

The Federal Railroad Administration’s announcement it would not give California the money came several months after sniping between President Donald Trump and Newsom over the project. The administration will still try to force California to return another $2.5 billion that has already been spent.

 

Trump had seized on Newsom’s remarks in February that the project as planned would cost too much and take too long. Newsom has shifted the project’s immediate focus to a 171-mile line in the state’s Central Valley, but he said he’s still committed to building the full line.

 

Still, federal officials said California has repeatedly failed to make “reasonable progress” and “abandoned its original vision.” Newsom declared the action “illegal and a direct assault on California” and said the state would go to court to keep the money.

 

“This is California’s money, appropriated by Congress, and we will vigorously defend it in court,” he said in an emailed statement.

 

Voters first approved about $10 billion in bond funds for the project in 2008. It has faced repeated cost overruns and delays since. It’s now projected to cost more than $77 billion and be finished by 2033.

 

The $929 million the state is losing is critical to the chronically under-funded project.

 

 

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Chris P Bacon
Chris P Bacon

The train will never be built, it is a blatant taxpayer ripoff.

Northern Exposure
Northern Exposure

problem is

far too many politicians like fineswine feel it is ok to ripoff the taxpayer. There is dirt here just begging to be dug.

Babygotnewshoes
Babygotnewshoes

Agreed. Pie in the sky rhetoric from Gov Moonbeam to keep all the lefty-lib voters warm and fuzzy

DJ
DJ

Another road to nowhere.

JJ
JJ

Goof-ball Gavin should consider using some of the defunct rail money to deal with his massive homeless problems… massive debt… massive influx of illegals.

Maybe build a wall? 😉

Dan G
Dan G

And hopefully we will get six more years of retribution.

RoreyRock
RoreyRock

lol ~the state is flat broke and billions in debt … yet they try and build a bullet train. I live in nor CA and everyone flys to to LA. If you book right (in advance) round trip (SW) is around $115.00 the trip cost estimates for the bullet train were higher. Right now Amtrack costs more than flying ($57.00 one way). What a bunch of fools…

NickelthroweR
NickelthroweR

Amtrack is outrageously expensive. It cost $26 to go one way from Ventura to Santa Barbara. It is more than a dollar a mile. The bus is only $3 and will get you there faster as the Surfliner moves about as fast as a bicycle.

southernsue
southernsue

they are not fools
the politicians in calif are building themselves a washington dc
they think overthrowing the gov and then making calif the capital of the nation

the evil demons have taken over calif
and they planned to take over the nation
the deep state runs calif

trump has put a wrench in their plans

calif has to be fixed

PegC
PegC

Fix it or wall it off with Mexico. Right now Calif. is no value add to the country at all (and I lived in L.A. for 31 years).

Elijah
Elijah

Pelosi and Feensteen have family construction businesses which will make boo koo bucks on construction contracts. Just a coincidence I’m sure….

DeeVessar
DeeVessar

maintenance cost is costly, too. That’s why florida rejected it over a decade ago.

nuthinmuffin
nuthinmuffin

florida taxpayers would have been on the hook after it was built…thank you rick scott for telling obama to shove it. and remember? california said they would take that money

nuthinmuffin
nuthinmuffin

but, but, but…it’s electric, it’s cleaner, no animals were killed, it’s quieter. it was really just about billions in union jobs, not really completing it.

Irishsmithy
Irishsmithy

Yeah how is that gonna work when they are talking about shutting the power off in some areas when the wind blows. Maybe put sails on the train?

seanhanityshaircut
seanhanityshaircut

We need to vote him out, Gavinator Newsome is corrupt like his aunty Pelosi.

Donnieduck
Donnieduck

Nope, ain’t gonna happen. Cal voters are too stupid and ignorant.

Warthog
Warthog

Well Gav ol’ buddy- it must really suck to be you.

cathy moly
cathy moly

” . . .Trump Administration’s attacks on our clean air standards . .”

ROFL!!!!!!!!

Clean Air standards???!!! California, yet Again is the The nation’s most air polluted state.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/04/24/air-pollution-smog-soot-worst-california/3551734002/

seanhanityshaircut
seanhanityshaircut

Thank you for facts.

JOE5
JOE5

all that money was wasted by libtards to virtue signal their PC BS all over the place……….thats how you turn a place into a shithole

ktstock
ktstock

It was most likely shifted to deal with ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. Truth.

SSI01
SSI01

High-speed surface fail transportation seems to be the Demo party equivalent to Pharaoh’s pyramids – a huge make-work project that once completed (if it is completed) looks pretty but is used by practically no one.

mark
mark

Cuz choo-choo trains are just so cool, ya know. All that big iron and nostalgia. And the horns! Boy oh boy…that’s worth a billion or two right there! Choo-choo….

Sande
Sande

They need those trains so they can outlaw cars.

PegC
PegC

Like all those newly built-up, vacant cities in China.

Tom
Tom

Thank God! I live near this moronic idea. It’s a Chinese train in the middle of nowhere. What a waste of money we could have built the wall with part of the money wasted.

Mama Pajama
Mama Pajama

Yeah Baby!! I hear champagne corks all over the central valley popping with pleasure!
We can’t get these fools to build water storage but they burn cash on a train to nowhere!!

Tired of it all
Tired of it all

Why in the hell did California fund this stupid rail when they knew it would not succeed! Someone was in somebody’s pocket! Kick backs up the ass!

RatedProduct
RatedProduct

Well ‘they’ didn’t really fund it. But they knew damn well the Obama admin would just start shoveling money their way, so it was off to the races. Stupid fools never figured we’d ever have a real businessman at the helm.
In a nutshell: no bullet train without a gravy train.Gonna be fun watching the legal battle .

southernsue
southernsue

calif taxpayers get raped everyday
their hard earned dollars goes into all those evil demon politicians pockets
how do you think that these politicians such as maxine feinstein pelosi are so filthy rich and own mansions and limos?

calif=sodom and gamorrah

fire and brimstone are the only answer for this sick cancer of a state
ny is getting the same way

interesting that both of our coasts are run by demon rats
and are shit holes

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

PegC
PegC

Productive Californians should do what many of us have done and LEAVE THE STATE. Whatever is keeping them there ain’t worth it.

Joy
Joy

Love it…..California doesn’t get extra privileges.

The whole plan was a fraud on the American people.

Bobwhite
Bobwhite

So?

Beto, the English/German one
Beto, the English/German one

You forgot the “L”.
SOL.
Fixed it!

MikeyLikesIt
MikeyLikesIt

California has become an unmitigated cesspool under Democrat leadership. Newsom is an uber leftwing nutjob and Feinstein should be put out to pasture. To call these people stupid would be an insult to stupid people. Their high speed rail boondoggle is an exercise in red tape, cost overruns and government malfeasance. California has become a joke and a disgusting example of everything that’s wrong with America. The numbers don’t lie … companies are fleeing California in droves due to confiscatory taxation and overregulation.

southernsue
southernsue

california=the demons utopia
crime,corruption,freaks,stupidity among the people,people living on the streets,pooping in the streets,all the while their politicians getting filthy rich,living in mansions,driving limos with drivers,body guards that are heavily armed and the demons never lose their seats in the calif halls of gov
sick sick sick state
evil to the core
lots of satan worshiping
the perfect set up for fire and brimstone storms
just let an earthquake slice it off the side of our country and let it float to nowhere

Pops
Pops

Tee Hee

Nunyah
Nunyah

Hawaii is next!

Irishsmithy
Irishsmithy

Aoc thinks a train can go to Hawaii

Duckandcover
Duckandcover

Planning and spending money for the high speed rail to nowhere is in every California official’s blood. After all, they were just some politicians doing something.

Jose S.
Jose S.

Good luck with the lawsuit Xavier Becerra, you scum-sucking, Crooked Hillary apologist, Donald Trump-hating, illegal alien coddler, rat bastard Attorney General of California.

Karlov
Karlov

So tell us….What do you really think of him….

Babygotnewshoes
Babygotnewshoes

Congress appropriates billions for this boondoggle but won’t come up with a cent for a wall to protect our country. I hope POTUS recovers all the billions already distributed to CA. It isn’t as if it’s being used for a water cachement system or something useful and sensible

joey
joey

Socialism… Theft on a large scale by a few thieves. Nuisance is one of them.

Foxman
Foxman

What alternate universe did these people live in

southernsue
southernsue

uh oh
lots of dirty politicians is calif
they think that they are above the law

calif=sodom & gamorrah

go trump

TS
TS

Newsom you ass, this is OUR money, not yours to pi ss away on your states B.S. boondoggles.

truthalwayswinsout
truthalwayswinsout

Does anyone want to bet that Pelosi’s husband has his hand’s in that till?

Boston Bill
Boston Bill

I love Trump.

Man of action.

Hit them where it hurts the most – in the wallet.

jay
jay

Thanks President Trump for taking back our tax dollars from these blithering idiots.

wd
wd

When the rail money dries up, the jerks in Sacto will try to gut prop 13…watch out!

muskratlove
muskratlove

Gavin Newsom is the biggest “empty suit” in the world. He won’t live in the gov. mansion in Sacramento, but lives in a 95% white suburb an hour away, so he & staff commute daily in their gas guzzling SUVs, while he lectures everyone about the “green deal.”

rainman
rainman

Newsome is Nancy Pelosi’s nephew. He’s part of the crime family “quad” that has run California into the ground for years and years, and now look what it has become. (The Browns – Sr. and Jr., the Pelosi’s, The Newsomes, the Getty’s).

PegC
PegC

LOT of crime, treason, and child/sex-trafficking in that crime family, especially the Gettys. Keep an eye on that Beck woman, her 20 VACANT L.A. area homes and huge weapons caches. Remember there are tunnels ALL OVER L.A. including the Getty Museum in Brentwood (been there, grew up very near there). What are tunnels used for???

HoneyBuckets
HoneyBuckets

I read earlier this year that CA abandoned the project… then cam back and basically scaled it for a more local project.
This is called project ‘creep’…. And more accurately, this boondoggle is a bare-naked attempt to further bilk the Fed.

taterSalad
taterSalad

A deal is a deal and California cancelled the project as written and planned. Don’t mess with the businessman………he reads the fine print. The money in question is now not California’s money but the rest of America’s money which we will decide where it is spent.

toosmartforlibs
toosmartforlibs

Why does Liberalfonia think they still are due that cash when the project has been canceled?

JJ
JJ

Newsome is such a roach… I never thought Cali would ever find anyone worse than Moonbeam Brown-eye.

They did…

Yr Mum
Yr Mum

I live in California and I am very Happy about Trump pulling that money. Tyrants run my state with little to no resistance.

Sande
Sande

I feel sorry for the taxpayers who voted no for this boondoggle that they had to pay for.
I always vote no when the government wants more money for their projects.

Rita
Rita

Newsome—put YOUR KIDS in Public schools!!! Lol!! Build the WALL!!!

Sadiecat
Sadiecat

CALIFORNIAS MONEY??????? Ummmmmm…..
Sorry! That’s the people’s money and the people do not want this.
As a SIDE NOTE, being in the trucking/transportation industry for 30 years, if it could take products, ie; roofing, lumber, etc, then this would be a viable solution. To simply haul people from LA to San Fran? Sorry….. we want our money back

Irishsmithy
Irishsmithy

Lets put the money towards the wall.

Anon
Anon

Sounds good. Now put that money toward to the Wall.

Molly Russell's Wart
Molly Russell's Wart

There is no such thing as government waste to liberals.
ALL government is good to them.

Rubicon
Rubicon

Ha Ha! California karma is a beetch!

Drew
Drew

About time

ktstock
ktstock

Something like $100M per mile?
Those people in CA are out of their flipping minds.
In America, we like cars…and lots of ’em…the bigger, the better.
And how do the riders expect to go from the train station to the final destination?
The sheer inconvenience of this will make it not used.
Public transit only works in local cities, lower income, and where cars are a luxury (China, Japan, EU).

ktstock
ktstock

Want a real bullet train?
Let the private sector work out the risk:reward vs. govt feelly goody decisions.
(see Houston’s private bullet train venture.)

Reddog
Reddog

Wait…..wait! Who is going to kick back all those bribes to politicians in California if the contractors have no money?

nuthinmuffin
nuthinmuffin

now he can build some high speed wall

CJGJ
CJGJ

Trump, Please cancel the federal money for train in Hawaii. The most corrupt system in the USA. We don’t want it or need it. Absolutely wont be used and will bankrupt this state. They said from the beginning it wasn’t a transportation project and that it was a development (construction) project. It won’t alleviate any traffic. It won’t be used. It is absolutely not sustainable at 150 million $ a year to even maintain. The public workers are so slow here it will never even be finished. If it ever does get up and running it will be the new homeless village on wheels with AC and a great view. Mark my words. God help us here in Hawaii.

Coalburner
Coalburner

About time. Cheers send it too the wall.

Dawn
Dawn

There must be requirements that must be met to keep and use these funds. If the requirements are not being met, the funds go back to the fed. Why is that a problem?

Billy Twoknives
Billy Twoknives

Well, that’s one billion that won’t line California Democrat pockets. That will hit that Democrat scam hard.

Joshua
Joshua

The LibTarded are whining, as usual. :'(