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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

H.R. 267 - Transportation/Housing and Urban Development Appropriations: NO

January 10, 2019
Vote Notes on Legislation

H.R. 267 - Transportation/Housing and Urban Development Appropriations: NO.  Setting aside the impasse over funding border security, this bill is ill-advised on its merits.  It continues to drain $9.9 billion of motorists’ taxes paid at the pump away from highways in favor of mass transit subsidies, continues to fund absurdly wasteful programs such as subsidized air service ($155 million), money-losing Amtrak routes ($1.9 billion), local grant programs which have been used to fund such nonsense as “Doggy Day Care” centers ($3.4 billion), and massive housing subsidies to ameliorate the affordability crisis caused by government restrictions and mandates on home construction ($30+ billion).  But they couldn’t find any money for a border wall.  Worst of all, it continues the irresponsible spending trajectory established by the so-called BBA (formally the “Bi-Partisan Budget Act” but more accurately the “Budget Busting Act”) that is quickly leading us to trillion-dollar annual deficits despite increased tax revenues.