Rhode Island to apply for rejected Florida rail money

Current Rhode Island Sens. Jack ReedJack ReedA guide to the committees: Senate Cruz: Supreme Court 'likely' to uphold Trump order Schumer: Trump should see 'handwriting on the wall,' drop order MORE (D) and Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseA guide to the committees: Senate Pruitt confirmation sets stage for Trump EPA assault Senate Dems ask DHS inspector general for probe of Trump’s business arrangement MORE (D) have already written to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood expressing interest in the money. The Department of Transportation recently reversed a previous decision and designated the North a "federal rail corridor," making it easier for transportation funds to be directed there.
 
Ten senators from Northeastern states have come out publicly in favor of receiving the money.
 
Earlier Friday, Florida Sen. Bill NelsonBill NelsonA guide to the committees: Senate Senate advances Trump's Commerce pick CMS nominee breezes through confirmation hearing MORE (D) said cities in his state would not be able to partner together to accept the money without Scott’s approval because a deal could not be worked out with Amtrak quickly enough. Following Scott's rejection, LaHood said cities could apply for the money directly, but only if they partnered with an existing transportation authority.
 
Applications for the funding are due April 4.