House Republicans push Mulvaney, Trump to rescind Gateway funds

House Republicans push Mulvaney, Trump to rescind Gateway funds
© Getty Images

A group of House Republicans is urging White House budget chief Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyJan. 6 committee issues latest round of subpoenas for rally organizers The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - To vote or not? Pelosi faces infrastructure decision Jan. 6 panel subpoenas 11, including Pierson, other rally organizers 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 TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story 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. 

ADVERTISEMENT

“[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 MeadowsProsecutors say North Carolina woman deserves prison for bringing 14-year-old to Capitol riot Meadows calls Trump's positive COVID-19 test before Biden debate 'fake news' Jan. 6 panel recommends contempt charges for Trump DOJ official MORE (R-N.C.), caucus co-founder Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanWith extreme gerrymanders locking in, Biden needs to make democracy preservation job one Jim Jordan reveals he had COVID-19 this summer The Memo: Gosar censured, but toxic culture grows MORE (R-Ohio) and Rep. Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - House Democrats eye big vote on Biden measure GOP primary fights escalate after Trump's endorsements Former GOP Rep. Mark Walker fielding calls about dropping NC Senate bid, running for House 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 SchumerChuck SchumerProgressive groups urge Schumer to prevent further cuts to T plan Collins says she supports legislation putting Roe v. Wade protections into law Biden should seek some ideological diversity MORE should not get his tunnel," Budd said in a reference to Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerProgressive groups urge Schumer to prevent further cuts to T plan Collins says she supports legislation putting Roe v. Wade protections into law Biden should seek some ideological diversity MORE, a New York City Democrat who supports the Gateway project.