The Hill’s e-newsletter reports:
Next stop on the conservative crusade to curb federal spending: Washington’s own Metrorail system. A pair of prominent House conservatives sent House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) a letter Thursday asking the two leaders to postpone a scheduled vote next week on the National Capital Transportation Amendments Act until appropriators find offsets to balance funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).
Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), the RSC budget director, wrote the GOP leaders to oppose federal funding for select Metrorail upgrades, which includes 340 new rail cars, 275 new buses, two new underground pedestrian walkways, each linking a different pair of downtown stations, and a number of other construction projects.
The letter sent by Pence and Hensarling can be read here.