By Keith Laing - 05/18/11 08:04 PM EDT
LaHood blamed politics for the GOP governor's rejections, but he simultaneously predicted that the proposal to build more railways could overcome the politics in Washington.
"There is only one person in each of those states who didn't want the money," he said according to the newspaper. "The constituents, the citizens of those states, want high-speed rail.
"There are no Republican or Democrat roads, bridges or high-speed rail lines," he said. "It is very bipartisan."
LaHood was among several Obama administration officials scheduled to attend the WTTC summit, taking place May 17-19.