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 MulvaneyOn The Money: Midterms to shake up House finance panel | Chamber chief says US not in trade war | Mulvaney moving CFPB unit out of DC | Conservatives frustrated over big spending bills Warren suggests Mulvaney broke law by speaking to GOP donors Mulvaney plans to move some consumer bureau staff to new Atlanta office 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 TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency 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 left frustrated as Congress passes big spending bills Graham to renew call for second special counsel Hillicon Valley: Sanders finds perfect target in Amazon | Cyberattacks are new fear 17 years after 9/11 | Firm outs alleged British Airways hackers | Trump to target election interference with sanctions | Apple creating portal for police data requests MORE (R-N.C.), caucus co-founder Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanRussia docs order sets Trump on collision with intel community The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh and his accuser will testify publicly Jordan says FBI used 'crushing power of the state' to probe Trump campaign based on dossier MORE (R-Ohio) and Rep. Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddTrump calls North Carolina redistricting ruling ‘unfair’ The Hill's Morning Report: Trump shifts campaign focus from Senate to House Conservative group pledges .5 million for 12 House GOP candidates 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 SchumerTrump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle READ: President Trump’s exclusive interview with Hill.TV The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump slams Sessions in exclusive Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation MORE should not get his tunnel," Budd said in a reference to Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle READ: President Trump’s exclusive interview with Hill.TV The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump slams Sessions in exclusive Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation MORE, a New York City Democrat who supports the Gateway project.