HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu's planned rail project faces a $150 million reduction in federal funds.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved a budget Tuesday to cut funding for the project, which the Obama administration requested $250 million for.

U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye says he will continue to ensure Honolulu receives the necessary funding to advance the 20-mile rail project that would link East Kapolei with Ala Moana Center.

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation says that while the House funding level is not the same as the president's request, the authority is pleased to see Honolulu included in the early stage of the appropriations process.

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