A leader of liberal progressives in Congress killed efforts to send $200 million to firefighters and veterans so it could instead be spent on a luxury golf course in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s district.
New Mexico Democrat Congressman Raul Grijalva, chair of the House Natural Resources Committee and former chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, rammed through a committee meeting a plan to spend $200 million in federal taxpayer funds on the “Presidio Trust” which operates an lush oceanfront San Francisco park with luxury residences, hotels and a golf course.
In the process Grijalva killed efforts by Republicans to instead spend the funds supporting firefighters and services for veterans.
House liberals openly admitted move was a political payoff to Pelosi.
“Speaker Pelosi gets maybe a little bit more, and some of the leaders get a little bit more on some of these bills,” said stridently liberal Tennessee Democrat Stephen Cohen.
“Well, the truth is, they should. If it weren’t for her working 24/7, and she does, to keep this place going, we wouldn’t be going. She does more for America than any other member, I would submit in this Congress, times 10. So I support the proposal,” Cohen chirped.
Grijalva and Committee Democrats rammed through the “Pelosi Presidio Payoff” by unanimously voting against and killing three Republican amendments to stop it.
* Restricting Pelosi Presidio Payout money from being used on luxury golf courses, hotels and homes located in the Presidio, offered by U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.)
* Redirecting Pelosi Presidio Payout money to improving outdoor recreation opportunities for veterans, military service members and Gold Star Families, offered by U.S. Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.)
* Redirecting Pelosi Presidio Payout money to provide much-needed pay raises for wildland firefighters, offered by U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-Wis.)
The Presidio will receive the $200 million even though the trust that operates it pledged it would never rely on tax funds.
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