Wednesday, July 27, 2005

DeLay sneaks $1.5 Billion in pork into the energy bill

This is just disgraceful. I thought that Republican's were supposed to be the party of fiscal
moderation? has the details,

"Tom DeLay thinks the federal treasury is his personal piggy bank. DeLay slipped “a $1.5 billion giveaway to the oil industry, Halliburton, and Sugar Land, Texas” into the energy bill.

But this isn’t a normal case of government pork. DeLay has completely dispensed with the democratic process. From a letter Rep. Henry Waxman just sent Speaker Dennis Hastert:

The provision was inserted into the energy legislation after the conference was closed, so members of the conference committee had no opportunity to consider or reject this measure.

The $1.5 billion won’t be administered by the government by a private consortium in DeLay’s district:

The subtitle appears to steer the administration of 75% of the $1.5 billion fund to a private consortium located in the district of Majority Leader Tom DeLay."

Here in Colorado we Democrats need to be making a lot of noise everytime Rep.DeLay pulls a stunt like this. The man is a walking scandal and Bob Beauprez and Marily Musgrave both vote slavishly in line with Delay (94+% of the time). We need to be making the case to the American people that Republican's are corrupt and not to be trusted, every one of these ethical violations - from Delay's numerous violations, to Duke Cunningham's bribery, to Coin-Gate in Ohio, to the scandal in the Kentucky's Governor's office - needs to become an issue. Just as Congressional Dems in 1994 were rightfully run out on a rail for being lazy and corrupt so to do these 21st century Republican's. A backlash is already brewing, its time to stoke the fire and ride the wave..


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