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March 8, 2019
D.C.____ Representative Paul Cook
(R-Apple Valley) announced Friday that he has co-sponsored the Repurposing
Assets to Increase Long-term Water Availability (RAILWAY) Act. The Bill
would repurpose federal funds from the failed California High-Speed Rail
(HSR) Project to water storage infrastructure
and to help communities where residential drinking water wells have run dry or
have elevated nitrate levels.
High-Speed Rail Project has been fraught with mismanagement and high costs.
Initially projected to cost $33.6 billion, it has ballooned
to more than an estimated $77 billion. In addition, the project has
continually failed to meet deadlines and the $10-$12 billion in promised
private investment has never materialized.
month, Governor Gavin Newsom said that the HSR Project would take too long to
build and that there ‘simply isn’t a path to get from Sacramento to San Diego.’
his announcement, the U.S. Department of Transportation
notified the State of California that it’s rescinding nearly $929 million in
unspent federal funds that were previously allocated for the project.
The RAILWAY Act would ensure an end to
federal funding for the HSR Project. Moreover, it would redirect
funds to critical water infrastructure in California to increase water storage
capacity and help protect against droughts by expanding existing reservoirs and
building new ones.
The RAILWAY Act grants would also
provide funding through the US Department of Agriculture to award grants to
rural communities to help them develop new sources of water and reduce, or
eliminate, elevated nitrate levels in drinking water.
Representative Paul Cook states,
“The last major reservoir in California was built forty years ago. Since then,
our population has grown significantly, and we’re ill-prepared to endure
droughts. It’s time we take action to increase our water supply and modernize
our water infrastructure. This Bill makes good use of funds that were already
going to be spent in California. I hope that Congress will pass this
U.S. Congressman Paul Cook is a member of the House
Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer
retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time
Cook was awarded the Bronze Star and two