California on Tuesday sued Trump's administration over its decision to cancel $ 929 million in state high-speed rail.
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The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) last week told its decision to cancel the funding and claimed that the state "repeatedly failed to comply" with the terms of the 2010 agreement or addressing issues with the project.
"In spite of FRA's identification of project issues, and the ample time for [California High-Speed Rail Authority] to take appropriate remedial action, CHSRA instead chose delay and non-action," FRA said in the letter.
"FROM THE FRA there is nothing in the FRA's long working relationship with CHSRA to suggest that CHSRA will likely be able to initiate and execute the necessary corrective actions if another option is given," the agency added.
California's lawsuit claims that the funds were revoked as political retaliation for state opposition to President Trump Donald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report – White House Congress: Urgency for Now Budget Budget GOP Presses Trump to make an agreement to use Democrats cautious in handing over Trump a gain on infrastructure MORE 's frontier wall and that high-speed trains are needed for the golden state transport needs and combating climate change.
"The real motive of FRA's action was political: to punish California for opposing President Trump's proposed limit weight all", the state would argue, according to The Sacramento Bee. "There is no reasonable alternative explanation for FRA's sudden and unprecedented action."
The lawsuit continues to bind Trump's criticism of California with Newsom's comments on the border wall.
It notes that on February 18, Newsom said that Trump's efforts to build new barriers on the southern border were to resolve a "produced crisis." California also filed a lawsuit to block Trump's plan to spend money already devoted to the congress for the barriers.
"As I predicted, 16 states led mainly by Open Border Democrats and Radical Left, filed a lawsuit in, of course, the 9th Circuit! California, the state that has wasted billions of dollars on their out of control Fast Train, Without hope of completion, seems to be responsible! "Trump tweeted the next day.
"The failed Fast Train project in California, where cost overruns become world record setting, is hundreds of times more expensive than the desperately needed Wall!" He added in another tweet.
The administration first considered cutting off funds for the project in February after Newsom said the scale of the railways would be cut due to cost increases, delays and managerial concerns. A revised proposal would build a 119-mile link between Merced and Bakersfield in the Central Valley State rather than a 520-mile railway that would connect San Francisco and Los Angeles by 2033.
Newsom has said he has not given up on the ultimate goal of connecting San Francisco and Los Angeles with high-speed trains.
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