Every month Citizen’s Against Government Waste picks a politician who has shown themselves to be over the top in passing the pork. Because I support this group and what they are doing I am going to help publicize their porkers:
“Washington, D.C. – Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today named Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) its May Porker of the Month for attempting to use the tax code to earmark a $2 billion subsidy for a commuter rail between Manhattan and the JFK airport. Sen. Schumer wants to take advantage of the New York Liberty Zone (NYLZ) tax credits, which were intended to stimulate the redevelopment of downtown Manhattan after 9/11, for a rail project that has been under consideration since well before 2001.
Sen. Schumer added the project to Senate Amendment 4585 to the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2007 (H.R. 2881). After questions were raised about the number and controversial nature of the non-aviation-related spending items tacked onto the bill, it was withdrawn from consideration. Congress is expected to return to the legislation before the end of June, but members may at that time have an opportunity to vote on a substitute FAA modernization bill introduced by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-Texas) which would deal only with aviation issues.”
That is pretty bad, using 9-11 to get a pork barrel project passed. Shame on you Senator Schumer.