(Daily Caller) House Republicans want budget Director Mick Mulvaney to block funding for a New York tunnel project through the White House’s unreleased plan to retroactively reduce funding in the federal budget.
Twenty-six Republican Congress members urged the administration in a letter to Mulvaney Thursday to use the rescission request — a rarely used, last-resort budget device that allows the president to ask Congress for specific cuts to an approved budget — to make it impossible for federal funds to go to the Gateway Program.
A number of Republicans have fought against contributing taxpayer dollars to the Gateway project, which includes an Amtrak rail tunnel underneath the Hudson River into Manhattan. Budget estimates for the project have grown from $13.5 billion to $29.5 billion over the years, and New Jersey and New York states have not committed much money to it, even though politicians call it an essential infrastructure project.
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