New York Dems ask for high-speed rail money that Florida sent back

Two New York Democrats in the House have asked Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood for some of the high-speed rail stimulus funds that Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) rejected.

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) sent the letter to LaHood on Wednesday, the same day  Gov. Scott said he would not accept the rail money.

"We are writing to request that New York State receive a portion of the $2.4 billion in high-speed rail funds that the state of Florida was awarded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act," the letter reads.

Shortly after Scott announced Florida would not take the money, LaHood responded in a press release that there were plenty of other states that would be happy to use the funds to build a high-speed rail network.

The transnational railway is one of the Obama administration's long-term projects to promote economic growth.

Last week, Vice President Joe Biden renewed the administration's efforts on rail, announcing a new $53 billion plan over the next six years to build the train systems.

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