In a shocking video, U.S. House Rep Steve Cohen (D-TN) attempted to justify a $200M allotment for a national park in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s district that would be part of a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill currently being debated in Congress.
The proposal was highlighted and discussed tonight on Fox News Primetime with host Rachel Campos-Duffy, who had contributor Tammy Bruce on.
A graphic shared on the program called The Presidio, which is an 1,500-acre park and golf course near the Golden Gate Bridge, “Pelosi Park.”
Campos-Duffy noted that the Presidio Trust gave Pelosi “$19M over the last year, $1M in June.” Bruce suggested, “That’s just a little cash in her hand.”
U.S. Rep Lauren Boebert (R-CO) shared a clip of Cohen’s remarks in a tweet yesterday and declared, “Americans’ tax dollars are are not Pelosi’s personal piggy bank!”
Cohen said, “If it weren’t for her working 24/7, and she does, to keep this place going, we wouldn’t be going. She does more for America than any other member, I would submit in this Congress, times 10. So I support the proposal.”
Boebert shot back, “No she should not, no leader should get more added to a bill and get to spend more taxpayer money just because they are speaker or leader.”
“Because somebody is speaker of the house they get to add things to a bill selfishly and that’s ok? I too will be looking for that FEC in-kind contribution from the gentleman with the bad hair caucus,” Boebert added.
Americans’ tax dollars are are not Pelosi’s personal piggy bank! pic.twitter.com/I7TOC4RBFL— Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) September 9, 2021
The Washington Times reported that GOP lawmakers proposed a half-dozen amendments to divert the $200 million to other needs but each Republican proposal was defeated by the Democrat-majority House.
From Fox News:
Republicans, on the other hand, derided the budget line item as a “Pelosi payoff” and “an obvious giveaway” as the nation faced challenges such as taking in thousands of Afghan refugees, battling the coronavirus and addressing security issues at the U.S.-Mexico border.
U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany, R-Wis., said Democrat Cohen’s remarks were revealing.
“It fully takes the mask off what this is all about,” Tiffany told the Times. “This is a Pelosi payoff. This is where somebody puts themselves before their office.”
U.S. House Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR) also tore into Pelosi, questioning the timing and the “optics” of it and that the park was supposed to be “setup not have any taxpayer money.”
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