WASHINGTON -- States would receive a total of $1.3 billion in grants over the next five years to help develop and construct high-speed rail systems under legislation approved Tuesday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The High-Speed Rail Development Act of 1993, approved by a 26-to-16 vote, would include $1 billion to speed up existing passenger rail service and $300 million for development of high-speed rail technology, according to a committee staff member.

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