Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on reports that California’s high-speed rail would cost taxpayers 50% more than estimated, or an extra $3.6 billion:

“This report makes one thing clear: California high-speed rail must be stopped immediately. There have been repeated concerns that this project was a designed failure since day one, and what’s worse, this report underscores a pattern of falsehoods that has misled taxpayers on what this project might actually cost and how much more taxpayers might be on the hook for. The California High-Speed Rail Authority was briefed about this estimate in December, yet decided to keep this report under wraps from California taxpayers and the public. My colleagues and I have been clear-eyed from the start. The train was sold on rosy predictions not grounded in reality, has disrupted the lives and communities of Californians, and remains a money-pit publicity project that we cannot afford. This needs to end now. I urge Governor Brown and his Administration to recognize that the only solution left is to pull the plug on this boondoggle.”