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03/02/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/03/2021 00:17

Senate Slashes $140 Million Silicon Valley Subway Earmark from COVID-19 Relief Bill

March 02, 2021

Senate Slashes $140 Million Silicon Valley Subway Earmark from COVID-19 Relief Bill

Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today announced that the Senate Parliamentarian ruled that an earmark in the House COVID-19 relief bill violated the Byrd Rule and could be removed from the bill. That earmark would provide approximately $140 million in funding to expand an underground rail project in Silicon Valley.

'Expanding Silicon Valley's subway has nothing to do with COVID-19 relief and should not have been included in the House bill,'said Ranking Member Toomey. 'While I am pleased the Senate Parliamentarian agreed with us that this earmark is impermissible, this bill remains a partisan, liberal grab bag masquerading as a COVID relief bill. Congress' priority should be supporting the vaccine rollout process, facilitating the safe reopening of small businesses, and getting kids back in the classroom - all of which are essential if we are to restore our economy to pre-pandemic levels.'

U.S. Senate Banking Committee Republicans first uncoveredthe $140 million earmark last month.

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