Reps. Pappas and Tauscher
February 19, 1997
in this forum:
How should Congress deal with entitlements? How do you tell a vital project from "pork"? Is the DNC financing scandal worse than those in the past or are they just getting noticed? Are term limits the way to go? REP. PAPPAS: Will the recent DNC scandal change the way fundraising is done? REP. TAUSCHER: What is the government's role in developing the nation's information infrastructure? REP. PAPPAS: How did you vote on term limits, population control, and a balanced budget amendment?
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A question from Rodney Bruce of Ashland, KY:
Transportation & Infrastructure
When comparing transport projects, such as the Alameda rail corridor in Long Beach and completing the Appalachian highway system, how does one decide that one is boondoggle and the other is economic necessity?
Rep. Ellen Tauscher responds:
As a freshman Member fortunate enough to be awarded a seat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I look forward to working with my colleagues through the Committee Hearing process to examine the necessity and economic viability of the various transportation projects. In fact, any project which comes before the Committee must meet the strict criteria described in a fourteen-point questionnaire. The importance of the project for the local community, environment and economy are all considered, as well as federal, state, local and private funding issues. Although the full Committee has yet to assign sub-committee seats, I look forward to investigating the merit and worthiness of all projects being considered.
Rep. Mike Pappas responds:
Every state benefits from having a strong infrastructure system. New Jersey serves as a vital corridor for goods between the southern United States and the Northeast. This state also serves as a major port of entry for goods from foreign countries which are shipped throughout the country. In order for Congress to decide which projects move forward, the interests of the nation, rather than the benefit to a particular state should be the deciding factor.