CNN reports today that, “Although Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden routinely mocks his Republican counterpart, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, for her onetime support of the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere,” Biden and his running mate voted to keep the project alive twice.”
“Both Biden and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama voted to kill a Senate amendment that would have diverted federal funding for the bridge to repair a Louisiana span badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina, Senate records show.”
“And both voted for the final transportation bill that included the $223 million earmark for the Alaska project.”
“An amendment offered by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, would have stripped the money appropriated to connect the Alaskan coastal city of Ketchikan to its airport on sparsely populated Gravina Island and diverted the money to Louisiana.”
“But Biden and Obama and 80 of their colleagues rejected the measure, an amendment to a massive 2005 transportation bill that funded thousands of projects across the country.”
As a gubernatorial candidate, Sara Palin supported the bridge although later as Governor, she said, “Thanks, but no thanks,” in part because the bridge became a symbol of congressional waste.
It may have been congressional waste to you and me and Governor Sara Palin, but for Barack Obama and Joe Biden it was business as usual.