Rep. Don Young attacked his fellow Republicans on the House floor Wednesday, as he defended education funds allocated to his home-state of Alaska.
“You want my money, my money,” Young stridently declared before warning conservatives that, “Those who bite me will be bitten back.”
Young took extreme exception to an amendment by Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) to strike money in a spending bill for native Alaskan and Hawaiian educational programs.
Conservatives have stoked the ire of their fellow Republicans for years by challenging federal spending, both broadly and on specific projects. But it’s rare that their GOP colleagues express that displeasure openly on the floor.
And lest we forget, Young, who used to chair the House Transportation Committee, is responsible for the so-called “Bridge to Nowhere,” a proposed span connecting Ketchikan, Alaska, with the tiny island of Gravina that would have cost $315 million ? and eventually came to symbolize profligate spending under Republican rule.
Garrett refrained from asking for an official reprimand, but he and other conservative Republicans took after Young’s declaration that the funds in question represented his money. The assembled conservatives then launched into a general attack on earmarked spending.
“We legally steal,” argued Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), defending her colleague from New Jersey.
Your freakin’ money? You have some freakin’ nerve. You asses are projected to spend $2,902,000,000,000 this year and you dare to call it your money? And Republicans wonder why no one voted for them in November, it is because of crap like this. It is nice to see at least two representatives in the whole house have some sense.
Hat tip: Matt “threat to democracy” Drudge