Will the Republican takeover of Congress put a crimp in high-speed rail funding in California?
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield has led the charge against the $68 billion effort to connect L.A. and San Francisco by high-speed rail, voicing concerns about its cost and viability. McCarthy has called the state's plan for the network "deeply flawed."
Republicans in the California Legislature have no love for the project either.
But Dan Richard, chair of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, said Friday he's confident there's already enough money for initial construction in the Central Valley.
"The economic stimulus for the Central Valley is going to be enormous," he said. "I don't think people are going to want to stand in the way of that. And I think that as we build pieces of this system, the public is going to demand that it get connected."