November 9th, 2010
07:35 PM ET
12 years ago

LaHood to states: Proceed with rail projects or give up stimulus funds

(CNN) - In some post-election hardball between the Obama administration and newly-elected Republicans, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is threatening to take back stimulus funds from states if they do not follow through on proposed rail projects.

CNN obtained copies of letters LaHood sent to incoming Republican governors in Ohio and Wisconsin who have stated their opposition to rail projects already underway in their states. In the letters, LaHood said a rail link between Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati in Ohio, and a high-speed rail connection between Chicago, Illinois, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, are vital to economic growth in both regions.

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  1. S. In California

    That's the way to do it. Demand they do things don't ask them. Way to go Mr. LaHood. I hope more follow your example.

    November 9, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. Peter s

    Good idea!!! they can't keep the money then still keep on hammering the Federal Government for not creating jobs! please keep on the pressure and unveil the hypocricy sir!

    November 9, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |