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GOP spending plan puts Metro funding in jeopardy

Monday - 2/14/2011, 2:39pm  ET

WASHINGTON - As lawmakers look for ways to slash and save, critical funding for Metro could be at risk.

House Republicans have released a massive spending reduction plan that would cut $150 million in funding for Metro. The money would be the second installment of $1.5 billion in federal funding allocated over 10 years to the transit agency.

House GOP members put their proposal out Friday as part of a continuing resolution to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal 2011. The plan also would cut about $80 million in federal funding to D.C.

The House is expected to debate the proposed cuts this week, and the plan faces hurdles among Democrats and a battle with the White House before it would become law.

But Metro General Manager Richard Sarles says the area's congressional delegation still will have to fight for the money.

Sarles says the cuts would be crippling to Metro if passed.

"If we don't get that it's devastating to what we've started to do this past year, in terms of getting the building blocks and programs in place for the next five years of investment," he says.

WTOP's Adam Tuss contributed to this report. Follow him on Twitter.

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