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Obstructive Bridges

January 30, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

BoingBoing guest blogger Charles Platt took a look at the House stimulus bill text last night and was amused to see that even though a large chunk of the bill is intended for restoring crumbling infrastructure, at least part of it is for tearing it down. Here’s that section from the bill text:

>For an additional amount for ‘Alteration of Bridges’, $150,000,000, for alteration or removal of obstructive bridges, as authorized by section 6 of the Truman-Hobbs Act (33 U.S.C. 516): Provided, That the Coast Guard shall award these funds to those bridges that are ready to proceed to construction.

And it looks like the Senate version (.pdf) is going to up the bridge demolition provision by almost $100 million:

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mickeywhite 01/30/2009 3:21pm

This is nothing new. The Republicans and the Democrats put Earmarks in every annual big spending bills. But I do think the Democrats spend more. Repbulicans would spend only 500,000 on something and the democrats would spend 1,000,000 on they same UNCONSTITUTIONAL thing.

Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.
She is no conservative.
See her unconstitutional votes at :

Anonymous 02/02/2009 4:04pm

I’m not sure what the point of this blog is. I mean, rebuilding the infrastructure also means tearing down some old stuff. Anyway,yeah, s 336 is the senate stimulus bill but the changes to HR 1 will be through Inouye’s substitute amendment. Think it might be different than s 336? do you actually get paid for this crap?

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