Apr 15, 2011 2:37 AM GMT
http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/04/graham-vows-to-tie-senate-in-knots-over-50k-left-out-of-budget-deal.phpIn fact, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was down right incensed over the decision not to include a mere $50,000 for an Army Corps of Engineers study on deepening the Port of Charleston in his home state and vowed to "tie the Senate in knots" by holding up Obama administration nominations.
Graham started a string of angry tweets about the omission early Tuesday. By the end of the day, he had held a press conference on the issue in Charleston, S.C., and was blaming the Obama administration for failing to include the funding in its budget proposal released in February, arguing that 260,000 jobs are tied to the port.
"Obama Admin made a bad mistake not putting money for CHS port in their budget proposal," he wrote.
"No nominations go forward in Senate until we address CHS port," he tweeted, noting that the provision was not an earmark and applied to a dozen ports across the U.S.
Okay, so he thinks only government projects he approves of will create jobs. What about other infrastructure like solar plants? Highways? Highspeed rails? Many Republicans would disagree the bolded statement:
http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/04/lindsey-graham-defends-50k-project-says-government-investment-creates-jobs.php"If you're a Republican and you want to create jobs, then you need to invest in infrastructure that will allow us to create jobs," he said at a press conference with Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee on Social Security in response to a question from TPM. "Congress, Republicans and Democrats, talk about creating jobs. How can you create jobs by shutting a port down that 260,000 people depend on?"
Locally, the mayor in my city talked about jobs being cut because of HUD funding cuts that were revealed today. I wasn't surprised.