Congress about to kill high-speed train program

By JOAN LOWY | November 17, 2011 | 3:10 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is on the verge of killing funding for President Barack Obama's signature high-speed rail program, but it may still have some life in it.

Republican lawmakers are claiming credit for killing the program. But billions of dollars still in the pipeline will ensure work will continue on some projects. And it's still possible money from another transportation grant program can be steered to high-speed trains.

Obama had requested $8 billion for the program for the 2012 budget year and $53 billion over six years. House and Senate negotiators agreed to a measure this week that eliminates any funding specifically for high-speed trains. Final passage of the bill is expected Thursday in the House and Friday in the Senate.