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Brian Maxwell

This is great news for my alma mater. Gig’em bad great job Col. Fossum!

Don Schlessinger

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Ronnie Stewart

What does this have to do with COVID-19 ?

Carlos Ponce

Pelosi Porkulous Package- The Sequel.

Gary Scoggin

Carlos, I went back and checked. The bill passed the Republican Senate as well.

Carlos Ponce

Yes it did. And did you check WHERE the pork originated. Hint: NOT THE SENATE.

Gary Scoggin

Carlos -- from John's note below it looks like the pork - if that's what you think it is, I don't - came from Republican Randy Weber. I'm willing to give credit to Weber for meeting the needs of his district. Now that this is shown to be Weber Pork, not Pelosi Pork, I wonder if you are too.

Carlos Ponce

Incorrect Gary Scoggin. It was part of the proposed Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020 written by Congressman Peter A DeFazio (D -OR).

https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/7575/cosponsors?searchResultViewType=expanded

"Congress Funds Training Ship for Texas A&M. Congress on Monday approved $390 million to fund construction of a fourth National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV)."

Gary Miller

Most of this so called Covid relief bull is pork spending. Trump should veto it. If Biden becomes president a new porkulus will be passed in the house and defeated in the senate.

Bailey Jones

This isn't part of the COVID bill. It's part of the appropriations bill. The COVID relief is also attached to the appropriations bill.

johnferguson Staff
John Wayne Ferguson

Bailey is correct. This local news reporter misunderstood the amount in the spending package. Congress took one vote to spend $2.3 trillion. Of that, $1.4 trillion was for government spending, and $900 billion was for COVID relief.

The story has been updated.

Gary Scoggin

While I think this is great news for TAMUG and I have no problems with the appropriation of the ship in general, throwing it in the Coronavirus Relief bill is the kind of pork that undermines this legislation.

A question for John Ferguson: Have Rep. Weber and Sens. Cruz and Cornyn claimed any credit for this?

Gary Scoggin

A clarification I should have found before I posted. There were two spending bills passed. One for $900 B for Covid and another $1.4 Trillion general appropriations bill. It looks like this funding came from the appropriations bill and not the Covid Bill. So, I feel better.

Gary Miller

Gary S.> Is two porkulus bills passed together better than one?

Bailey Jones

Gary, as I understand it, this isn't part of the COVID bill. It's part of the appropriations bill. The COVID relief is also attached to the appropriations bill. Maybe GCDN can clarify this point.

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John Wayne Ferguson

Cruz and Weber didn't say anything publicly about the ship yesterday, but Weber has helped advocate for the project over the last few years.

David Schuler

Aesthetically challenged is the proper term. But 'ugly' immediately comes to mind.

Bailey Jones

Terrific news. [thumbup]

Gary Miller

Bailey> Great news for tax spenders, not so much for taxpayers.

Bailey Jones

It's not an expense, Gary M, it's an investment in our future.

Ted Gillis

I think this is great news. Now we (Galveston) needs to lobby Miles and Larry to get state funding to make the harbor improvements, otherwise she’ll have to park over by the cruise terminals.

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