House Republicans push Mulvaney, Trump to rescind Gateway funds

House Republicans push Mulvaney, Trump to rescind Gateway funds
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A group of House Republicans is urging White House budget chief Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyConsumer watchdog agency needs to get back to doing its job The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Defiant Trump meets with House GOP amid border blowback Trump plan to claw back billion in spending in peril MORE to rescind funding in last month's omnibus spending package that could go toward a multibillion-dollar rail project in the New York metro region.

In a Thursday letter, 27 GOP members of the House ask the Office of Management and Budget director to press President TrumpDonald John TrumpConservatives express concern over House GOP immigration bill Poll: McSally holds 14-point lead in Arizona GOP Senate primary Trump defends Nielsen amid criticism over family separations MORE to withhold the funds for the Gateway Program, a series of projects valued at $30 billion that includes restoring the Hudson River’s North River Tunnel. 

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“[W]e urge you to advise the president to include in his message rescissions of budget authority from the appropriations accounts in the Consolidated Appropriations Act (‘the Act’) that could provide funding for the Gateway Program," the lawmakers wrote.

Signatories include House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsConservatives express concern over House GOP immigration bill Trump vows to stand with House GOP '1,000 percent' on immigration North Carolina governor recalls National Guard troops from border over family separation MORE (R-N.C.), caucus co-founder Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanRepublicans tear into IG finding on Clinton probe Republican wants to know why Rosenstein delayed release of FBI agent texts Live coverage: Justice IG testifies before House on report criticizing FBI MORE (R-Ohio) and Rep. Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddSelling government assets would be a responsible move in infrastructure deal Bipartisan lawmakers introduce infrastructure bill for poor communities Koch-backed group to target some Republicans over spending vote in new ad campaign MORE (R-N.C.), who has been an ardent opponent of federal dollars going toward Gateway.

The lawmakers are asking Mulvaney to suggest Trump withhold $388 million from the Northeast Corridor Grants, $225 million from the Federal Transit Administration's State of Good Repair partnership account, and "such other amounts" from the $400 million allotted for State of Good Repair grants.

Meadows last month slammed the inclusion of funding for the project, which became a sticking point in spending negotiations, within the omnibus.

“It is troubling when we get a tunnel and we don’t get a wall,” Meadows said in March.

“And the last time I checked, the president didn’t make any promises about building a tunnel in any of his campaign stops, at least not anywhere in North Carolina.”

Trump threatened to veto the omnibus last month if it included federal funding for the Gateway project. While the final spending package did not include the original $900 million intended for the program, the rail project could tap up to $541 million in federal funding as a result of the omnibus.

"The president did not get his wall in the Omnibus. Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care — Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges — Trump officials move to expand non-ObamaCare health plans | 'Zero tolerance' policy stirs fears in health community | New ObamaCare repeal plan Selling government assets would be a responsible move in infrastructure deal Ignore the naysayers trying to disrupt US diplomacy with North Korea MORE should not get his tunnel," Budd said in a reference to Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care — Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges — Trump officials move to expand non-ObamaCare health plans | 'Zero tolerance' policy stirs fears in health community | New ObamaCare repeal plan Selling government assets would be a responsible move in infrastructure deal Ignore the naysayers trying to disrupt US diplomacy with North Korea MORE, a New York City Democrat who supports the Gateway project.