President Donald Trump just shut down a Barack Obama-era deal in which the federal government would help fund a $13 billion rail tunnel project between New York and New Jersey.
The Hill reported that administration officials wrote in a letter that the deal for the federal government to fund half of the project is “non-existent.”
“Your letter also references a non-existent ’50/50′ agreement between USDOT, New York, and New Jersey. There is no such agreement,” Federal Transit Administration deputy administrator K. Jane Williams wrote. “We consider it unhelpful to reference a non-existent ‘agreement’ rather than directly address the responsibility for funding a local project where nine out of 10 passengers are local transit riders.”
The letter came after New York and New Jersey requested federal loans to cover their part of the deal to split the cost of the work. The deal would have funded necessary repairs to an Amtrak tunnel between New Jersey and New York City, as well as help fix damaged dual-tunnel conduit and rebuild New Jersey’s Portal Bridge.
Gateway Development Corp., the group overseeing the project, said that the letter was “posturing.”
“We are confident that the Trump Administration will engage with us as the President turns to infrastructure in 2018,” the group said in a statement.
This comes after Fox News reported that Donald Trump’s Department of Justice criticized the Obama administration on Wednesday after a report came out detailing how sexual harassment of all kinds was improperly handled at the department for years. The report came from the Washington Post, which reported that the DOJ’s inspector general discovered “systemic” problems with how complaints were addressed, with offending officials often being let off the hook or even rewarded. Multiple investigative reports were cited in the article exposing a lawyer who allegedly groped two female attorneys and a top U.S. Marshals official who had sex with “approximately” nine women in his office.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz said that the vast majority of the complaints were filed several years ago in the middle of Obama’s presidency in the department’s Civil Division. Ian Prior, a spokesman in the Trump Justice Department, agreed that most of the offenses took place under the Obama administration.
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