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Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. WOLF. This language came about as a result of our former colleague from Virginia, Tom Davis.

There are many ideas behind it. I didn't know the amendment was coming up. I think that is part of the problem around here with the prefiling. It would be nice to let Members know what is coming up so they know. But I did see it, so I ran over.

One, the number of Federal employees. This serves the Pentagon. It serves most of the Federal agencies in the government. But if you looked at the Metro today, most of the people riding it today were tourists from New Jersey and from Texas and from other places like that around.

When you look at Metro with regard to the inauguration and many of the other events, that was the whole concept, that the administration, both Republican and Democrat--and this was a Republican amendment offered by Congressman Tom Davis to have this funding over a period of, I think, if my memory serves me, over a period of 10 years.

So I rise in strong opposition to the Garrett amendment and ask that Congress maintain the integrity of what Congressman Davis and many other Congresses have done in the past.


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