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Fearless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-19-11 04:52 PM
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171. The House of Representatives seems to say otherwise...
In HR662 there is continued funding for the above project. Rep. Polis-(D) of CO, spoke in support of a motion to recommit the bill, with a very specific amendment, explained in his words, "This motion rescinds all remaining funds, about $183 million, provided for the planning, design, and construction of the two bridges under SAFETEA-LU" and that "According to the CBO this motion will reduce the deficit by $160 million by eliminating funding for these two bridges, nothing else."<56>

3/2/2011 4:10pm: Floor summary: DEBATE - The House proceeded with ten minutes of debate on the
Polis (CO) motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek
to require the Committee on Transportation to report the bill back to the House forthwith with
an amendment which inserts a section rescinding all unobligated balances of contract authority
provided or reserved for planning, design, or construction of the Gravina Island bridge,
Alaska, or the Knik Arm bridge, Alaska.<57>

In response Rep. Mica-(R) of FL, spoke in opposition responding "Well congratulations my colleagues welcome to the era of smoke and mirrors and that's exactly what this motion to recommit is and I urge its defeat. And you heard the gentleman describing bridges and he again is trying to mislead the entire house on this particular motion to recommit. It is smoke and mirrors, and I urge the defeat of the motion to recommit." which was the complete argument and explanation he gave, even though he was allotted a full 5 minutes to respond.<56>

"On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 181 - 246, 2 Present"<58>
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