Tom DeLay's personal pork barrel
July 28, 2005
I'll just let this bit of information from Think Progress speak for itself:
DeLay slipped "a $1.5 billion giveaway to the oil industry, Halliburton, and Sugar Land, Texas" into the energy bill. But this isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t a normal case of government pork. DeLay has completely dispensed with the democratic process. From a letter Rep. Henry Waxman just sent Speaker Dennis Hastert: "The provision was inserted into the energy legislation after the conference was closed, so members of the conference committee had no opportunity to consider or reject this measure."
The $1.5 billion wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be administered by the government by a private consortium in DeLayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s district: "The subtitle appears to steer the administration of 75% of the $1.5 billion fund to a private consortium located in the district of Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Ordinarily, a large fund like this would be administered directly by the government."