Thursday, November 17, 2005

WaPo: Funding for Alaskan Bridges Eliminated

Republicans Make Largely Symbolic Move in Reaction to Criticism of Transportation Spending:

The "Bridge to Nowhere," a pork-barrel project that has attracted a lot of unfavorable attention, may not be going anywhere for a while.

The $223 million span linking the small town of Ketchikan to sparsely populated Gravina Island and a second Alaskan bridge project have been stripped of their funding by congressional negotiators as they race to wrap up legislative business...

..."It's largely symbolic," said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who would have preferred to strike all $24 billion in special projects that members stuffed into the highway bill. "The money will still go to Alaska," as opposed to the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast, or to fund other budget priorities, McCain said.


Anonymous Eric Kephas said...

McCain's right... That money needs to be pulled from Alaska all together. Just because it's not earmarked for the bridge doesn't mean it won't be wasted there.

November 18, 2005 at 1:31 AM  

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