Article from Reason by Christian Britschgi.

On Monday, Sen. Kamala Harris (D–Calif.) announced her intention to run for president in 2020. The announcement spurred celebration from supporters of the former prosecutor, as well as a fair bit of criticism from those who remember her record of protecting dirty prosecutors and cracking down on sex work. Harriss’s successful effort to secure federal funding for California’s disastrous highspeed rail project has received less attention. Let’s fix that.

Prior to being elected to the Senate in 2016, Harris had expressed only qualified support for California’s highspeed rail project, sayingthat, while she was in favor of it “as part of a broader strategy to invest in our future,” she still wanted it closely monitored for “cost overruns and delays.”

But since taking office, she has changed her tune, saying “infrastructure spending isn’t a transportation issue for most Americans—it’s a human rights issue.”

That framing earned her a lot of derision on social media, but in the Senate—arguably a more important forum—her views earned her a spot on the Environment and Public Works Committee, a position Harris has since used to secure hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding for highspeed rail through the Caltrain Electrification Project.

Read the entire article at Reason.