Cost estimates for the Gateway Project have more than doubled…
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) If President Trump was denied border wall funding in the recent $1.3 trillion Omnibus spending blowout, why should Chuck Schumer, the Senate’s top Democrat, receive billions of taxpayer dollars for a New York-New Jersey boondoggle tunnel project?
That’s what U.S. Rep. Ted Budd, R-NC, is wondering along with 26 other members of Congress.
On Thursday, they sent a letter to Trump’s budget director requesting that the “Schumer tunnel,” known as the Gateway Project, be included in a package of proposed spending cuts Trump is expected to send back to Congress.
The Gateway Project connects Newark, NJ to New York City.
The funding is slated for rail and tunnel upgrades benefiting Schumer’s home state of New York.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the project’s costs have skyrocketed since its inception.
“Cost estimates for the project have more than doubled – from $13.5 billion to $29.5 billion, with no end in sight. Meanwhile, New York and New Jersey are two of the wealthiest states in the country, and yet are contributing zero percent of the funds,” Budd said in a statement.
“The president did not get his wall in the Omnibus,” he added. “Chuck Schumer should not get his tunnel.”
Budd has fought the massive pork project since last year.
The North Carolina Republican offered a hotly-debated amendment in late 2017, that would have stripped the project’s funding.
The amendment received broad support, but failed to pass the Republican-led House.
Budd then took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal, writing that President Trump was right to urge Speaker Paul Ryan to deny Gateway’s federal funding.
“The project should not redeem another dime,” Budd insisted.
But the urging fell on deaf ears.
A similar letter, signed by 10 Republican members of Congress, was sent to Speaker Ryan during the recent Omnibus negotiations.
Thursday’s letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney was an effort aimed at the White House to permanently strike federal Gateway funding.