October 20, 2005
Senators Reed and Chafee on the Bridge to Nowhere
I just called the Washington offices of Senator Reed and Senator Chafee to ask about their position on the Coburn amendment, which reallocates funding from Alaska’s
$223,000,000,000 $223,000,000 “bridge to nowhere” to the rebuilding of bridges destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
The staffers were very polite and professional, but both offices informed me they couldn’t share the Senator’s position until after the vote was taken.
Is this really how deliberative democracy is supposed to work? Aren’t public officials supposed to make their positions on issues, well, public?
An aide to Senator Reed just returned my initial call and informed me that she will find out what she can.