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 MulvaneyTrump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit On The Money: Judge rules banks can give Trump records to House | Mnuchin pegs debt ceiling deadline as 'late summer' | Democrats see momentum in Trump tax return fight | House rebukes Trump changes to consumer agency House rebukes Mulvaney's efforts to rein in consumer bureau 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 TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit 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 MeadowsFive takeaways from Barr's new powers in 'spying' probe Trump declassification move unnerves Democrats Conservative blocks House passage of disaster relief bill MORE (R-N.C.), caucus co-founder Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanConservative blocks House passage of disaster relief bill Republicans spend more than million at Trump properties GOP lawmakers lay out border security proposals for DHS MORE (R-Ohio) and Rep. Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddBlockchain could spark renaissance economy GOP's Tillis comes under pressure for taking on Trump The 23 Republicans who voted against the anti-hate resolution 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 SchumerNo agreement on budget caps in sight ahead of Memorial Day recess Ex-White House photographer roasts Trump: 'This is what a cover up looked like' under Obama Pelosi: Trump 'is engaged in a cover-up' MORE should not get his tunnel," Budd said in a reference to Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNo agreement on budget caps in sight ahead of Memorial Day recess Ex-White House photographer roasts Trump: 'This is what a cover up looked like' under Obama Pelosi: Trump 'is engaged in a cover-up' MORE, a New York City Democrat who supports the Gateway project.