Dan Morain: Denham's ploy backfires on high-speed rail

August 22, 2013 

Rep. Jeff Denham has tried gamely to block California's high-speed rail project. Now, it seems, he may have tripped over himself.

In the past, the San Joaquin Valley Republican has called for a redo of the 2008 statewide vote authorizing California to spend $9.95 billion to help build the rail project, and has sought to divert the money to widen Highway 99, to no avail.

Denham had more success in February when he used his status as chair of the House subcommittee on railroads to urge that the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, which regulates interstate railroads, decide whether it had jurisdiction over California's intrastate rail project.

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