Rhode Island to apply for rejected Florida rail money

Current Rhode Island Sens. Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Raymond ReedOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill This week: Senate wrapping up defense bill after amendment fight MORE (D) and Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseJuan Williams: Momentum builds against gerrymandering Overnight Regulation: FTC launches probe into Equifax | Dems propose tougher data security rules | NYC aims to slash greenhouse gas emissions | EPA to reconsider Obama coal ash rule Overnight Cybersecurity: Kaspersky to testify before House | US sanctions Iranians over cyberattacks | Equifax reveals flaw that led to hack 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 NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonDem asks airlines to cap airfares ahead of Hurricane Maria Trump encourages Rick Scott to run for Senate Overnight Regulation: House moves to block methane rule | Senators wrestle with allowing driverless trucks | EPA delays toxic waste rule 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.