Cuts to rail stimulus funds scheduled for debate in House

The House is expected to debate legislation that would eliminate stimulus funds for high-speed rail that have yet to be awarded.

A Democratic source told The Hill Thursday that the provision, which is included in the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill, will be on the House floor Thursday at noon. The measure would eliminate $2.3 billion from the roughly $789 billion 2009 stimulus package, including $1.6 billion that was just announced in May.

Much of the leftover money was redirected to 15 states after Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) turned down $2.4 billion for a line that would have connected Tampa to Orlando.

The Congressional Bicameral High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus says the funds that would be eliminated would affect rail projects in the districts of 168 lawmakers. Ninety-two are held by Democrats and 76 by Republicans.