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NPT Capitol: Straus on the Clyburn Amendment

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, R-Alamo Heights, said he thought the Clyburn amendment by which a state Legislature can request stimulus package funds if that state’s Governor is opposed to the funds, was an appropriate way for Texas to receive Federal economic aid.

“My understanding is that Congressmen worked with members of the House here to make sure that the language of the stimulus bill and what we’re doing here are consistent,” said Straus, when asked about a successful amendment to House rules last week, by Jim Dunnam, D-Waco, which, assigns federal stimulus package issues solely to the Appropriations committee. (Last week, Dunnam told NPT, the amendment to House rules would speed up the process of getting $15bn of federal aid to Texas.)

I asked Straus if he thought any such request (which must be made by a concurrent resolution, several of which have been already been filed in Texas) represented the Legislature going to Washington cap-in-hand behind the Governor’s back?

Straus’ response: “No, I don’t think so. The Governor is going to be involved. We’ll work with the Governor and the Senate. I really don’t see problems there.” Straus added he was “not a huge fan” of parts of the stimulus package being put together in Congress. However, he was glad that a road map for dealing with the package was part of the new House rules.

“I think it is appropriate that the House is committed to a structure to discuss and work with the federal government whatever does happen,” added Straus.

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

February 6, 2009 at 2:47 pm

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