Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s $140 million subway project has been removed from the Senate’s COVID-19 stimulus bill, according to the Senate parliamentarian.
The $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill has been panned as wasteful spending by many Republicans. Now we know why.
Among the many unrelated projects tucked within the stimulus bill includes a $140 million mass transit plan near Speaker Pelosi’s district. Some have even dubbed the ridiculous rail plan the “Pelosi Subway.”
Republican Senator John Barrasso even called it Pelosi’s “tunnel of love.” Pelosi’s office defended the project, claiming mass transit struggled during the pandemic and required increased funding.
Another proposal removed from the stimulus bill included $1.5 million for the Seaway International Bridge between New York and Canada. The push for moving the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour was also deleted from the bill.
Iowa Republican Congresswoman Ashley Hinson stated regarding the mass transit plan:
How insulting to the frontline workers who still have not received a COVID-19 vaccine, to the mom trying to pay rent while her small business is in danger, and what about the ER doctors and nurses treating kids rushed in for mental health crisis?
This is Washington pork spending at its worst, the kind the speaker puts in for herself.
The nation needs financial help, but a subway can certainly wait. One of the best ways government could assist would be to simply reopen schools and businesses.
But Pelosi’s home state, California, can’t even get this right. Instead, students have been without in-person learning for a full year, with business shuttered and residents moving out of the state. Americans need help, but not the kind Pelosi is recommending.