CHICAGO — Several Midwestern recipients of portions of the $8 billion in federal stimulus funds earmarked for high-speed rail lobbied for more funding to promote overall rail use and defended their projects’ lack of speed against Republican criticism during a congressional field hearing here Tuesday.

The Federal Railroad Administration in January awarded the $8 billion in stimulus fund grants to 31 states with California, Florida, and the Midwest receiving the largest allocations to promote the development of high-speed corridors.

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