"In late-stage talks, Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., pressed for $8 billion to construct high-speed rail lines, quadrupling the amount in the bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday. Reid's office issued a statement noting that a proposed Los Angeles-to-Las Vegas rail might get a big chunk of the money."
If it passes, perhaps this will be one of the better parts of a bill that has been lambasted by many Republicans and a surprising number of Democrats alike, although chiefly in private by the latter.
Read one of my earlier blog posts--posted on the previous page on January 30--on the wealth of benefits such rail development would have. It is truly surprising that the bigwigs on Capitol Hill have finally realized this; I will be even more surprised, however, if such a big spending increase actually passes, despite all the rhetoric.