Lawmakers gladly welcome trademark return on highways bill
The last time Rep Don Young was able to request assignments in a surface transportation bill was in 2005 and he was asking for at least $ 557 million in assignments, including money for what critics would later call “the bridge to nowhere”.
This proposed bridge to replace the ferry connecting Ketchikan, Alaska to its airport on Gravina Island has sparked criticism that contributed to the possible ban on trademarks in 2011.
Young, then chairman of the House transportation and infrastructure committee, was one of the top trademark applicants for this year’s surface transportation law, according to the Eno Center for Transportation. This year, with a return of reserved marks in limited form, the Alaskan Republican is not even close to the top, according to a CQ Roll Call analysis of requests to the transportation committee.
Young requested $ 105.5 million for this year’s surface transportation reauthorization bill, including $ 19.2 million to build a gravel road from the Kotzebue Electric Association wind farm to Cape Blossom in order that up to 100 cars or commercial vehicles can use the road daily. Seventeen Democrats and four Republicans demanded even more money than Young.
Representative Garret Graves, R-La., Who has led other Republicans in the demands, has asked for nearly $ 955.7 million in allowances, including three for a project: building a new bridge over the Mississippi River to connect two highways to Baton Rouge. Graves requested nearly $ 946 million for full federal funding for construction, as well as $ 1.6 million for an environmental assessment and $ 8 million for pre-engineered design.