Budd Supports Trump's Effort To Kill $900M Earmark
President Trump is absolutely right to fight this world-class boondoggle, as I did last year with an amendment to cut off its funding.WASHINGTON -- U.S. Representative Ted Budd (R-NC), released the following statement in support of President Donald Trump’s efforts to eliminate a $900 million earmark for the Gateway project, a $29.5 billion Amtrak bridge and tunnel upgrade between Newark and New York City.
“President Trump is absolutely right to fight this world-class boondoggle, as I did last year with an amendment to cut off its funding. Cost estimates for Gateway have gone from an announced $13.5 billion in 2011 to $29.5 billion in 2017. The $900 million earmark for this project in the House transportation bill is more money down the drain in an area where subway and rail construction costs are the highest in the world. I urge leadership to consider the overwhelming opposition in the Republican Conference to this project as omnibus negotiations continue.”
Last year, Rep Budd offered a bipartisan amendment, cosponsored by Roger Williams (R-TX), and Paul Mitchell (R-MI) to eliminate the same $900 million earmark to the Gateway Project in the House Transportation bill. House Republicans supported the amendment by a two to one margin.