Saturday, September 24, 2005

SitNews - Tom DeLay and Don Young Named Co-Porkers of the Month

SitNews - Tom DeLay and Don Young Named Co-Porkers of the Month: "Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today named House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Don Young (R-Alaska) Co-Porkers of the Month for their response to requests to offset the costs of Hurricane Katrina relief.

According to a Sept. 14 Washington Times article, Rep. DeLay declared an 'ongoing victory' in the effort to cut spending, and that the Republicans had 'pared (the government) down pretty good.' While claiming to be receptive to proposed offsets, DeLay said that 'nobody has been able to come up with any yet.' He added that cutting the 6,000 earmarks in the recently-passed $295 billion Transportation Equity Act - A Legacy for Users (TEA-LU) would adversely affect 'important infrastructure' and the economy, and it would be 'right' to borrow the money to pay for Katrina relief.

Rep. Young had a much more curt response when asked by a Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reporter about redirecting the combined $450 million earmarked for the Gravina Island and Knik Arm (renamed Don Young's Way) bridges to hurricane victims: 'They can kiss my ear.' He then called such a request the 'dumbest thing I've ever heard.'"


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