Congressmen Jake Ellzey (TX-6) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (TX-8) introduced the High-Speed Rail Land Acquisition Insurance Act Jan. 10, which they say will will protect the property rights of Americans.
This bill ensures that the Texas Central high-speed rail and other high-speed rail projects cannot seize taxpayer land for projects that will never get started. The High-Speed Rail Land Acquisition Assurance Act, as filed, will require companies to acquire all land needed to complete a high-speed rail project before construction can begin.
“This bill is about protecting private property rights, which is what Texas was built on,” Ellzey said. “I will never back down when it comes to opposing private interests using eminent domain to take someone’s property. Land cannot be taken, homes destroyed and lives disrupted for the waste of private enterprise. The High Speed Rail Land Acquisition Insurance Act will protect land that families have owned for generations and depended on for their livelihood.
“Many questions remain about Texas Central’s plans to build and fund this controversial high-speed rail project, and I support any necessary reforms that will protect the rights of the landowners whose farms, ranches and homes are located. along their proposed route,” Brady said. “Our government was created to protect our freedoms – not to take them away – and I will continue to fight anything that gives this society the ability to seize property from rural landowners without their consent.”