This week will be an expensive one for us taxpayers – the House of Representatives will be voting on two bills that finance some of your favorite government things. The dollar numbers are mind boggling! My question is, who’s looking out for us?
My letter this week is to my Representative Scott Tipton (R-CO) wondering if he has actually looked?
I see that you will spend (according to the schedule) part of two days this week discussing on the House floor H.R. 4745 – Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015. The bill contains 158 pages of money allocation that boggles my mind – it seems every section spends at minimum 100s of millions of dollar$ and some reach well into double digits of Billion$ of Dollar$. The bill, probably by design, does not have a table of contents or summary so it’s difficult to identify all the sections or expenditure totals. Here’s the moneys involved in one section:
“OPERATING GRANTS TO THE NATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORPORATION:…”
“$340,000,000, to remain available until expended:…”
Followed by one “Provided” and seven “Provided further” clauses. Those “Provided” clauses must be the Congressional means of money management.
“CAPITAL AND DEBT SERVICE GRANTS TO THE NATIONAL RAILROAD PASSENGER CORPORATION:”
$850,000,000, to remain available until expended,…
Followed by one “Provided” and seven “Provided further” clauses. More Congressional money management by provisional conditions?
Anyway, that’s a total of $1,190,000,000, (one point 9 BILLION Dollar$) for Amtrak – “available until expended.” I suppose that in the best of Amtrak tradition – once this billion is expended we taxpayers will just give them another Billion (with a few more management “provided”[s], of course.)
Then you will dive right into H.R. 4880 – Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015 that I’m sure provides many, many more Billion$ of Dollar$ which will be closely managed and monitored by Congress.
Do you or any other members of the House of Representative ever question these massive expenditures? I understand that there are congressional committees that are supposed to be managing this government spending – but really – have you or your staff ever examined any of this in detail. We don’t have the money for a lot of this stuff!
I just wonder why we have to spend taxpayer dollars to subsidize what is obviously a massive government owned and operated transportation company that has never made a profit but still is allowed and encouraged to compete directly against privately owned transportation companies that have to be profitable to exist. I guess the only salvation for the private companies is that the government owned and operated company does a really bad job.
Tom Howe – Flying W Ranch – Hotchkiss, Colorado