The Coburn Amendment to kill the “Bridge to Nowhere” is going to fail. The culture in Congress to bring as much money to possible into local jurisdictions is too entrenched. This isn’t about finding $400+ million to rebuild New Orleans, this is about being able to point to projects that you ‘won’ in order to win the next election.
Daily Kos posted “Democrats won’t vote against this. Remember — we want to rebuild New Orleans.” They are deluding themselves, if any Democrats other than Russ Feingold (D-WI) vote for this, I would be completely surprised. Democrats, as a general rule, have no philosophical reason to oppose pork spending.