(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Obama administration is hoping the country will get on board with its proposal to provide high-speed rail service to four-fifths of the population by 2036.
To that end, the White House is sending Vice President Joe Biden around the U.S. to pitch the plan.
On Tuesday, Biden was in Philadelphia to promote the high-speed rail service proposal that he said was fundamental to the growth of the nation's infrastructure. Biden insisted that the plan to create jobs and expand the economy is not negotiable.
While the initial budget will call for $8 billion for high-rail expansion, it's expected to cost as much as $53 billion by the projected completion in 25 years.
This spending project is expected to face a lot of scrunity by the Republican-controlled House, which is looking ways to cut the federal budget wherever it can.
GOP lawmakers say that time and effort would be better spent trying to rescue the government-funded Amtrak system that serves the Northeast corridor, which has been drowning in red ink for years.
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