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NPT Capitol: Pickett does a Clyburn

pickettState Rep Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, filed a concurrent resolution yesterday requesting federal stimulus money to flow into Texas.

HCR29 requests that the 81st Legislature, “express its intent that the state accept federal economic stimulus funds appropriated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (HR1) or any other such legislation.”

The resolution, similar to one filed by State Senator Eliot Shapleigh, D-Paso, (but broader in scope), takes advantage of the Clyburn amendment (Section 1115 of HR1) which provides for states whose governors have expressed hostility toward the stimulus package.(Link)

Texas governor Rick Perry, has derided the bailout in recent weeks and has turned down federal money on more than one occasion. (link) Usually governors have to request federal money, but Section 1115 allows the money to be requested by a concurrent resolution of a state legislature. (link)
perry2Pickett’s resolution, if adopted, would represent such a request. However HR1 is currently seeking passage in the US Senate. Section 1115 may be the targeted for deletion by some conservative lawmakers.

Pickett is currently on the floor of the Texas House and as such cannot be reached for comment. More to follow…

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

February 3, 2009 at 11:09 am

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  1. […] amendment has already inspired two concurrent resolutions (viewed here and here) that more-or-less bypass Perry vis a vis the stimulus package. Though passed with […]

  2. […] a comment » State Rep Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, explained that the concurrent resolution he filed on Monday, which could see federal stimulus aid come to Texas regardless of the […]

  3. […] The amendment would effect Texas considerably, in light of Perry’s open hostility toward HR1 and Texas lawmaker’s subsequent willingness to file requests for federal money in spite of him. [link][link] […]

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