Friday, July 29, 2005

Highway Bill to Detour previous Brac closing

The Washington Post has an AP report that congress is on the verge of approving $286.4 billion in highway bill and as always highway appropriations means funding pig crossings, the congressional pork kind. Buried in the bill is something that has got Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn. a little upset.

Excerpt From the AP:

Sen. Max Baucus (Mont.), the top Democrat on the Finance Committee, said he succeeded in inserting a provision in the bill to reopen a closed runway at Malmstrom Air Force Base.

With this the reported reaction:

Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., whose own state could lose a submarine base at Groton under the latest round of proposed base closings, said it was "absolutely outrageous" that the highway bill was being used to reverse a previous decision on closing a military facility.

Isn't politics interesting, a blue state Republican, whose state may loose a major military installation under a Republican administration, is complaining about a red state Democrat's tactic to reopen a military installation closed under a Democrat administration.

Anyone else see the ironic twist in this?

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