The Trump administration announced that it will cancel the $926 million awarded to the state of California as part of funding for a high-speed railway line from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and also demanded that the state returns an additional $2.5 billion that has already been spent on the project.
In the recent 35-day shutdown, more than $9 billion in federal compensation went unpaid. The government was reopened for three weeks and it’s in the process of paying the amount owed to the workers who were furloughed.
The White House has failed to agree with Democratic lawmakers on border wall funding. Analysts note that president Trump will have to make a tough and fateful choice on the wall if the shutdown is to be averted.