Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi just suffered a humiliating defeat as she is forced to drop the wasteful “Pelosi Subway” project from the massive and pork filled $1.9 Trillion dollar stimulus bill, as the New York Post reports:
“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.”
“The Senate Parliamentarian has now ruled that the BART extension from San Jose to Santa Clara does not meet the requirements of the Byrd rule because it is part of a pilot project. Therefore, it will be removed from the reconciliation package,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said, according to the NY Post.
While there is still tons of pork that has nothing to do with covid relief in the so called stimulus bill this is at least a small victory, and even better a humiliating defeat for Nancy Pelosi.
Let’s hope for the sake of our country’s future that there are many more defeats for Pelosi, Schumer and Biden ahead.
ARTICLE SOURCE: thefederalistpapers.org