Republican lawmakers are celebrating the Senate MP’s decision to remove a $ 100 million extension of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system outside of San Francisco from the coronavirus relief package.
Republican lawmakers are also promoting the elimination of $ 1.5 million for the Seaway International Bridge, which connects New York to Ontario and has historically been one of the busiest border crossing points between New York and Canada.
Republicans characterized the specific expenditures as pet projects for Speaker Nancy pelosiNancy PelosiBiden Coronavirus Relief Bill Tests Narrow Democratic Majority Some Republicans Say Proxy Voting Gives Democrats An Advantage Gun Violence Prevention Groups Optimistic Background Check Legislation May Pass This Congress MORE (D-Calif.) And Senate Majority Leader Charles schumerChuck Schumer Biden’s stumble with China? Black First Secretary of the Senate Sworn in by Ohio Republican Senate Candidate Asks Republican Rep to Resign by Impeachment Vote MORE (DN.Y.), describing them as prime examples of wasteful wish list priorities in the $ 1.9 billion package.
“We saw the swamp return to Washington: $ 100 million for a tunnel in Silicon Valley outside President Pelosi’s district or a bridge for Schumer,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthy: Some Republicans Say Proxy Voting Gives Democrats An Advantage Wray Says There Is No Evidence Of ‘Antifa’ Involvement In The Jan. 6 Attack. (R-Calif.) Said last week.
However, a Senate source said Schumer was unaware that funding for the bridge was included in the bill until he read about it in the media.
Senator Chuck grassleyChuck Grassley FBI Director Faces Legislators’ Frustration Over Capitol Violation Padilla Has’ A Big Chuck Taylors To Fill ‘To Replace Harris Judiciary Committee Gives Garland’s AG Nomination MORE (R-Iowa) on Wednesday touted the MP’s ruling against California’s public transportation project as a major victory.
“The MP rules against the allocation of the Pelosi tunnel It is a small victory and a lot more $$$ in the bill, not related to COVID, but as a matter of common sense, the Silicon Valley tunnel should be out because? What does this new pilot project mean to make a pandemic? !! “Grassley tweeted.
The MP rules against the allocation of the Pelosi tunnel It is a small victory and a lot more $$$ in the bill, not related to COVID, but as a matter of common sense, the Silicon Valley tunnel should be out because what does this new pilot project mean to make a pandemic? !
– ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) March 3, 2021
Republican Senate Whip John thuneJohn Randolph Thune Republican Senate Whip: Murkowski’s vote on Tanden is ‘fluid’ as GOP says Ron Klain pulls Biden’s strings Rick Scott acknowledges Biden won fair elections ‘absolutely’ MORE (RS.D.) said the California bill “eliminated Byr,” referring to Senate Byrd Rule, which limits what can be protected from obstructionism in the Senate through special budget rules.
Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Pelosi, confirmed Tuesday that both bills had been eliminated, arguing that Republicans now have little reason to oppose the popular aid package.
Hammill noted that the pandemic has “had an immediate and overwhelming effect on all of our transportation systems” and that the Chamber included $ 1.425 million “to assist dozens of major transit rail capital projects.”
The senior Democratic adviser characterized the bridge money as a project that would have primarily helped the Republican Representative. Elise stefanikElise Marie StefanikCuomo Asks New York AG To Appoint Independent Attorney To Investigate Sexual Harassment Allegations Psaki: Cuomo Should Face ‘Independent Review’ On Sexual Harassment Allegations New York Billboard Calls For Impeachment Of Cuomo In The Middle of controversies MOREDistrict of origin (NY).
“The Senate MP has ruled that the BART extension from San José to Santa Clara does not meet the requirements of the Byrd rule because it is part of a pilot project. Therefore, it will be removed from the reconciliation package, ”said the assistant.
“The $ 1.5 million in funding for the Seaway International Bridge in the Rep. Stefanik district has also been eliminated,” he added. “Now that the two bills that Republicans misled the public about in the House bill have been eliminated, it is unclear how Republicans will justify their opposition to the American Rescue Plan, which has strong bipartisan support among the US. public”.
A Senate source said the drafters of the Senate relief bill withdrew funding for the Seaway International Bridge originally requested by the Trump administration because Stefanik, a staunch Trump supporter, refused to advocate for its inclusion in the legislation.
The loss of federal funding could affect the future operation of the bridge, which suffered a massive loss of traffic and revenue during the pandemic due to the closure of the US-Canada border. Toll and maintenance revenue fell by as much as $ 170,000 a month due to travel restrictions.
Karoline Leavitt, a spokeswoman for Stefanik, said her boss has complied with her district in other ways.
“During her last term in Congress, Representative Stefanik provided more than $ 75 million in federal appropriations for the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, including $ 6 million for the Seaway International Bridge that she delivered with the former DOT Secretary. Elaine chaoElaine Chao The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden on COVID-19: Americans Will Be ‘Better’ Next Year Buttigieg Sets Goals for Electric and Automated Cargo Vehicles Ben Carson Launches Conservative Expert Group MORE,” she said.
“Congresswoman Stefanik also continues to strongly advocate for a safe reopening of the US-Canada border, which would consequently support the bridge,” he said.