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Attempt to block MetroRail funding fails
Houston Chronicle @ chron.com ^
| February 8, 2012
| Stewart M. Powell
Posted on 02/24/2012 11:27:32 AM PST by The Pack Knight
WASHINGTON - The committee chairman described it as a "food fight," an after-midnight bout as Republican Congressman Blake Farenthold tried to jimmy legislation to block federal money for Metro to build or extend the University and Uptown light rail lines.
In the end, his effort failed. But the wrangling in the wee hours last week spotlighted the countless little-noticed struggles that take place across Capitol Hill as lawmakers try to steer taxpayers' dollars toward projects they favor and away from projects they oppose.
In this case, the stakes were potentially the future of Houston's light rail system and the unceremonious initiation of Farenthold, a freshman lawmaker with barely 13 months on Capitol Hill.
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TOPICS: Government; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: congress; houston; sheilajacksonlee; train
This was mainly a proxy-war between neighboring Houston Congressmen John Culberson and Sheila Jackson Lee, but I really want to point out the following absurdities:
Metro chairman Gilbert Garcia said he had been "surprised that a congressman representing the citizens of Corpus Christi would get involved in our local matter."
Local matter? So the appropriation of tens of millions of federal dollars that come out of the pockets of taxpayers from across the nation is a "local matter"? Later in the article: . . . .
[Florida Democrat Congresswoman Corinne] Brown derided Republicans' attempted intervention, saying, "You all ought to be on the city council or the transit (committee). We're Congress."
Yes, I agree that planning of local projects should be left to local government. But here's an idea - how about letting local government pay for local projects as well.
Only a Democrat would think that stopping federal tax dollars from being spent on local boondoggles is somehow meddling in local issues.
To: The Pack Knight
And how is this getting through the Republican-controlled House?
Has the GOP House leaders submitted a bill that blocks all “earmarks”?
I think you realize the answers, to my question and yours.
posted on 02/24/2012 1:49:31 PM PST
To: The Pack Knight
Culberson’s my congresscritter. He gets it right most of the time.
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