Thursday, May 24, 2007

Heller Not a Fan of Parks

Dean Heller introduced his first amendment yesterday and failed. The vote tally was 183 in favor and 243 opposed. Not a single Democrat voted for Heller's amendment and 13 of his Republican colleagues opposed it as well.

Heller wanted to play fiscal conservative, which is funny considering his continued support of a multi billion dollar involvement in the civil war in Iraq, by trying to stop money for the expansion of a national historic site in Flat Rock, NC in honor of poet Carl Sandburg. From the LVRJ:

"We need to be cognizant of the fact that every time we add to the federal estate, it spreads our already limited resources even thinner," Heller said.

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the additional land for the historic site will cost about $7 million.

"That seven million dollars is desperately needed to manage and maintain the land currently owned by the federal government," Heller said.

The vote on Heller's amendment fell generally along party lines. Rep. Jon Porter, R-Nev., voted for it. Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., voted against it.

Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., said Heller's amendment would shift the entire burden of expanding the historic site to the state of North Carolina, calling that "inconsistent and unfair."

"Inconsistent and unfair" - hey, that's a pretty good description of our Representative. Wonder why we hadn't thought of that before.

Anyhow, you just know that if this historic site were in Heller's district, he'd have supported it. Wanna bet?

But now to the really fun part? Remember Heller's buddy George W. Bush? The one who made sure Heller had enough money to fend of his challenger Jill Derby? Well, turns out he's for expanding the site using federal money. As are North Carolina's two Republican Senators. From the Asheville Citizens Times:

The state’s Republican Sens. Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr have introduced a companion bill, which is pending in the Senate. The Bush administration has expressed support for the idea.

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