Obama and Biden Voted Against Funding for Rebuilding After Katrina, But Supported Bridge to Nowhere Funding

So, I found something interesting today.  Back in 2005, Congress voted on and passed H.R. 3058 [109th Congress]: “Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, the Judiciary, the District of Columbia,…”.  This purpose of this bill was for “Making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, Treasury, and Housing and Urban Development, the Judiciary, District of Columbia, and independent agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2006, and for other purposes.”

Now, here’s where it gets interesting.  Before being passed by the Senate it underwent 181 amendment proposals (49 by the House, 132 by the Senate).  One of the Senate amendments, proposed by Tom Coburn (R-OK), S.Amdt. 2165, “To make a perfecting amendment,” was proposed on October 20, 2005.  The original full text of the amendment can be found here, but the amendment basically took money that was, in the original bill, allocated to 2 “Bridge to Nowhere” projects in Alaska, the Knik Arm Bridge, and the Gravina Island Bridge, and would put this money toward rebuilding the Twin Spans Bridge which was bridge connecting New Orleans to Slidell, LA, that was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina.

So, who voted against this amendment?  The same people who have been lying about Sarah Palin, saying that she supported the Bridge to Nowhere projects.  That’s right.  Barack Obama and Joe Biden voted to keep this money going toward the Bridge to Nowhere instead of spending it to rebuild after Katrina.  Unfortunately, we don’t have a vote for Senator McCain who was not in the Senate that day.

Later, that same day, Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) (yes, the terrible Republican who got so much pork barrel spending for his state) proposed S.Amdt. 2181: To ensure reconstruction of the Twin Spans Bridge.  He probably felt bad about the money going to his bridges instead of the New Orleans bridge.  Who voted against this amendment?  That’s right, Barack Obama and Joe Biden.  Again, we don’t have a vote from McCain, since he wasn’t there that day.

So Barack Obama and Joe Biden voted twice against funding to rebuild after Katrina, but didn’t vote to stop funding TWO Bridge to Nowhere projects?  And Obama/Biden call Palin a hypocrite?  Palin is against the Bridge to Nowhere.  Obama and Biden were for it, and they were against rebuilding a bridge damaged by Hurricane Katrina.  Is this change we can believe in?  No, this is the same old Washington politics.

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12 Responses to “Obama and Biden Voted Against Funding for Rebuilding After Katrina, But Supported Bridge to Nowhere Funding”

  1. Both SoetorObama and Biden voted AGAINST funding to rebuild New Orleans after Katrina, but voted for crazy “Bridge to Nowhere” projects « HillBuzz Says:

    […] September 8, 2008 Both SoetorObama and Biden voted AGAINST funding to rebuild New Orleans after Katrina, but voted for crazy “Bridge to Nowhere” projects Posted by hillbuzz under Uncategorized   Obama and Biden Voted Against Funding for Rebuilding After Katrina, But Supported Bridge to Nowhere… […]

  2. PaulD Says:

    It amazes me how the bombs that the leftists keep trying to throw at Palin keep blowing up in their own hands.

  3. Jack P Says:

    Truth makes for a nice rant!

  4. grantlove Says:

    Nice try, but Obama and Biden were not the only ones who opposed this bill.

    It amazes me how the GOP and it’s supporters are so fast to alter the truth, or tell straight up lies. This bill, and the amendments, were not just about a bridge to nowhere or helping Hurricane Katrina victims. If anyone has ever read a Congressional Bill, you would know that there are sometimes hundreds of sections on a variance of topics. Obama, Biden, and many others weren’t satisfied with the bill so voted against it, 35 other Dems and 22 Republicans also said Nay.

    This vote was not that cut and dry

    Bridge to nowhere:
    check yes or no

    Help Katrina Victims:
    check yes or no.

    Stop playing this game…Oh wait, all the GOP knows
    is how to get their way…Lie, cheat, steal, create wars, sell drugs for Contra money, create a fake “war on drugs” campaign,
    I thought Malcolm X coined the term “By Any Means Necessary.”

    And I can guarantee that Sarah Palin will be exposed by both sides of the media. If Barack is not ready to be President, Gov. Palin isn’t either.
    I respect John McCain for his service to this great Country, however, his service and heroism shouldn’t be his only platform. All I’ve heard from him and his supporters are stories about his service and capture. What about the issues?

  5. inkslwc Says:

    1) I never said they were.
    2) I never said that the people who voted NAY who were Republicans were any better.
    3) We’re not talking about the bill, we’re talking about the amendment. The bridges were the ONLY things discussed in the amendments. The bill was a huge bill that passed, so the bill has nothing to do with this.
    4) When it came to voting on the bridge strictly to rebuild after Katrina, the vote was 33-61.

    Where in my post did I ever say that the Republicans who voted NAY were justified? I didn’t. Stop assuming and actually read.

  6. inkslwc Says:

    And one more thing – are you really the kind of person who goes around saying, “Well, since the Republicans did it, it’s ok if I do it?” That doesn’t seem like something Obama and his campaign for “change” would say.

  7. jemy Says:

    Actually, this news has really shaken me. So far it checks out, and I feel deflated about the Obama/Biden team. That being said, you guys saying Palin was always against the Bridge to Nowhere is also driving me crazy. I’m an independent. You’re both big fat liars. She was clearly for the bridge before she was against it.

    So far, every story I’ve fact checked on Palin shows her not being for something after everyone else realized what a bad idea it was. But I haven’t learned enough about here. So far, three of three arguments she’s failed. But that’s a little fraction of her term.

    I will give her this though, she’s clearly not entrenched. She’s a newcomer, and she doesn’t owe big favors yet. I do like that.

    What I DON’T like is reading comments and articles that are just more talking heads justifying their positions. Just stick with the truth, as uncomfortable or unflattering as it can be at times. And if the truth is complicated, stick to the complicated truth.

    It really isn’t about winning a debate team argument. It’s about actually being right.

  8. Carie Says:

    quick question. You said the amendments were proposed in 2005, however, I thought Obama had only been in the Senate since 2006?

  9. inkslwc Says:

    No, January of 2005 (so the 2004 election is when he was elected).

  10. that they die like sheeple Says:

    from the politifact.org review of palin’s history on the ketchikan bridge project:

    While running for governor in September 2006, Palin assured the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce she was all for the bridge.

    “The money that’s been appropriated for the project, it should remain available for a link, an access process as we continue to evaluate the scope and just how best to just get this done,” Palin said then, according to a story in the Ketchikan Daily News. “This link is a commitment to help Ketchikan expand its access, to help this community prosper.”

    “I think we’re going to make a good team as we progress that bridge project,” she told the audience.

    And in a written questionnaire for the Anchorage Daily News the following month, October of 2006, Palin was asked directly, “Would you continue state funding for the proposed Knik Arm and Gravina Island bridges?”

    Her answer: “Yes. I would like to see Alaska’s infrastructure projects built sooner rather than later. The window is now — while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist.”

  11. JT Says:

    MAYBE that amendment was voted against (85-15) because it was already getting funded with federal tax dollars ???

    http://www.twinspanbridge.com/FAQ.htm — Louisiana DOT site.

    Nice attempt to make Obama and Biden look like a couple of cheap bums, but alas, it’s not true. Typical Republican base taking this sort of smear and running with it. Don’t dig too deep … you might not like what you find!

    Just keep looking at Palin. Actually, look at her, then close your eyes and imagine her negotiating anything with her “neighbor”, Putin. So comforting thinking of this question-avoiding, crony-playing, novice actually running this country if something should happen to McCain. What an f’ng joke.

    Toe-the-line Republicans love her to pieces though. Hopefully, open-minded independents have a little more common sense.

  12. inkslwc Says:

    That funding was approved at a later date.

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