The Democrat COVID bill is still stuffed with pork but one ridiculous item was cut.
Nancy Pelosi tried to include $140 million for a rail project in her district but it was axed after being called out.
This is why so many Americans can’t stand Congress. Why was this item in the bill in the first place?
The New York Post reports:
$140 million ‘Pelosi subway’ axed from Senate COVID bill: parliamentarian
Guess she’ll have to take the bus.
Funding for a rail project near House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s California district that Republicans denounced as wasteful was removed Tuesday from President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill.
The Senate parliamentarian ruled the $140 million appropriation wasn’t allowed under the so-called Byrd rule that polices unrelated items in budget reconciliation bills.
Republicans singled out the rail project as an example of unrelated “pork” in the bill, which is being rammed through Congress without Republican support using special rules that allow a simple majority vote in the Senate.
On Tuesday, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) ridiculed the project as Pelosi’s “tunnel of love” ahead of an anticipated vote on the package later this week.
Aides to Pelosi, who represents San Francisco, had defended the project, saying that ridership for mass-transit plummeted during the pandemic, making it reasonable to increase government spending.
This didn’t get much news coverage. Why is that?
☁️ $1.5 million to build Chuck Schumer a bridge.
☁️ $112 million to build Nancy Pelosi a subway.
☁️ $200 million for museums and libraries
…and that's just the start!
Democrats are on cloud $1.9 (trillion)
Take a look inside their so-called "American Rescue Plan." 👇
— Senate Republicans (@SenateGOP) February 23, 2021
Today, House Republicans are introducing a motion to shift the $140 million allocated to Nancy Pelosi’s subway to grants that would be used for mental services for children. Democrats will have to go on the record—which one will they support? https://t.co/3otgzJvSvm
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) February 26, 2021
Democrat prioritizes ⟶ They chose to put Speaker Pelosi’s $140M Silicon Valley subway over the mental health needs of students across our nation.
— House Republicans (@HouseGOP) March 1, 2021
At least it was cut.