Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) speaks during her weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
UPDATED 2:14 PM PT – Friday, September 10, 2021
Republicans were unsuccessful in their attempts to block a $200 million earmark for a park in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) district. On Thursday, House Republicans proposed amendments to the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill in an effort to divert funds from the 1,500 acre Presidio Park and Golf Course.
The proposed amendments were shot down by the Democrat majority House, with Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) saying Pelosi deserved the money because she “does more for America than any other member in Congress.”
Republicans blasted the funds as an abuse of power by calling it a Pelosi payoff.
Rep. Pete Stauber (R-Minn.) went on to say, “I think the general public, when they see this they are appalled with a pet project like this.”
Critics added this was just an example of Pelosi jamming her wishlist items through the reconciliation process, even if it meant future generation would be burdened with mountains of debt.