The California Assembly on Thursday gave a green-light for high-speed rail.

The bill to release about $4.6 billion in voter-approved state bonds to start construction of a high-speed rail system now goes to the Senate, which is expected to vote on Friday.

Some highlights of the Assembly debate:

Henry T. Perea, D-Fresno: “High-speed rail in my district represents hope for the future… High-speed rail represents the opportunity for a good paying job.”

David G. Valadao, R-Hanford: “We’re spending money we don’t have.”

Assembly Passes High-Speed Rail Bill 5 July,2012Laird Harrison

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