Jun 22, 2009
Cantorís Hypocrisy on High-Speed Rail Reaches Fever Pitch
Representative Cantor Claims to Support Federal Funding for High Speed Rail That he Tried to Defeat
Republican Minority Whip Cantor's shameless hypocrisy on Virginia's high-speed rail project reached a fever pitch this weekend, when he claimed to be fighting for federal high-speed rail funding that he tried to defeat.
"Republican Minority Whip Eric Cantor's hypocritical claim that he supports federal funding for high-speed rail in Virginia can't be taken seriously," said Jessica Santillo, Southern Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Representative Cantor led the fight against the economic recovery package that is providing these historic federal investments in high-speed rail projects."
Minority Whip Eric Cantor, (R-Richmond) held a meeting Friday to discuss how Virginia can apply for a federal grant for a high-speed rail line. [Culpeper Star-Exponent, 6/20/09]. However, in Congress, Representative Cantor led the fight against the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which provided the $8 billion in federal funds for high speed rail projects around the country.
Cantor went as far as to claim he had worked to "shed partisan politics, shed regional differences and focus on one thing and this is economic development and job growth in our area." [Culpeper Star-Exponent, 6/20/09]. However, even a cursory look at Representative Cantor's voting record and actions show that he was a lead opponent of the economic recovery package that provided this high-speed rail funding, and worked to defeat the measure on Capitol Hill.
- Representative Cantor said he believed Virginia should receive federal funds for high-speed rail. [Cantor seeks funds for high-speed rail in Va., Culpeper Star-Exponent, 6/20/09]
- However, Representative Cantor voted against the Economic Recovery package passed by Congress, which included an unprecedented $8 billion for high speed rail. [NPR, 2/24/09] [Roll Call Vote, 2/13/2009]
- Representative Cantor also tried to claim he supported the high-speed rail project in Virginia in April. [Richmond-to-D.C. high-speed rail route gets support, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 4/25/09]
- Virginia is competing for economic recovery funds for a high-speed rail project between Washington, D.C. and Richmond Virginia. [Richmond-to-D.C. high-speed rail route gets support, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 4/25/09]
- On Meet the Press, Representative Cantor also decried high-speed rail as a "type of waste and pork-barrel spending," and claimed that the stimulus plan included a "train from Disneyland to Las Vegas." As David Shuster pointed out the next day, there is not funding for such a line but there is $8 billion in funding for high speed rail. [NBC, Video Here]