Two facts. The Republicans want spending cuts. The White House just announced they wiill seek $53 billion for high speed rail funding.
So, they have a big, highly visible fight about it. Let’s say HSR funding gets cut to $10 billion. Republicans declare victory. Yet the money was never allocated so it’s not really a spending cut.
This proposed funding may be much more a diversionary ploy for gaming the opening rounds of budget negotiations than it is about HSR.