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Senate GOP takes aim at Pelosi's 'tunnel to nowhere,' Schumer's bridge in COVID-19 package

Added 03-01-21 02:22:01pm EST - “President Biden has asked aloud what could be cut from his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, and Senate Republicans have an answer: Start by cutting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's $100-million-plus "tunnel to nowhere."” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Senate GOP takes aim at Pelosi’s ‘tunnel to nowhere,’ Schumer’s bridge in COVID-19 package”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

President Biden has asked aloud what could be cut from his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, and Senate Republicans have an answer: Start by cutting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s $100-million-plus “tunnel to nowhere.”

The relief package, which the House approved on a party-line vote on Saturday, includes money for phase-two drilling of a subway tunnel for the Bay Area Rapid Transit system in the Silicon Valley, near Mrs. Pelosi’s district in California. Ground hasn’t been broken yet for the project.

“An earmark to help cover the cost of Big Tech’s subway construction costs has nothing to do with combatting COVID-19,” said Steve Kelly, spokesman for Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, top Republican on the Senate Banking Committee. “It doesn’t help one person get the vaccine or boost testing capabilities.”

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He said the tunnel spending “is just further proof that congressional Democrats view the reconciliation process as a means to push through their wish list — which includes forcing taxpayers to pay even more for an over-budget and delayed construction project in one of the wealthiest regions in the country.” 

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