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NTU's Position on the Coburn Amendment

Posted by Jeff Dircksen - October 20, 2005

Senate offices have been sent the following vote alert from NTU:

NTU urges all Senate Members to support Amendment # 2085, sponsored by Senator Coburn, to H.R. 3058, the Transportation/Treasury/HUD Appropriations Bill. The amendment would divert funding for the Gravina Bridge in Alaska, which has aroused economic and political criticism nationwide, toward the reconstruction of the I-10 "Twin Spans" in Louisiana that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Although this proposal may not result in immediate savings to taxpayers, its wise re-allocation of expenditures could lessen the pressure for emergency funding requests in the future.

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Rufus T. McFadden said on Oct 20 2005 at 4:04pm
Murkowski paraphrased: "This amendment makes all the sacrifice come from one state and that's not fair."
Um, it's not sacrifice when you forgo something that someone else was going to pay for.

Demian said on Oct 20 2005 at 4:15pm
It looks like the Senators are closing ranks to protect their precious pork projects.

Richard said on Oct 20 2005 at 4:20pm
This reminds me of the movie, Return of the King. These Senators opposing the amendment are like Gollum trying to save his "precious" to the very end.

G*d forbid, if the bridges to bloody nowhere are scrapped, other ridiculous pork projects will be next on the chopping block.

Sick in Alaska said on Oct 20 2005 at 4:31pm
As an Alaskan and taxpayer I'm sickened by the elected jerks who are closing ranks to protect their pet piggy projects. Reminds me of the movie "Deliverance." "Squeal like a pig, boy!"

I'm gonna be sick...