A Republican lawmaker who once pushed for the “bridge to nowhere” declared the bridge should have been built, during a Wednesday House Rules Committee hearing.
Alaska Rep. Don Young, who first proposed the bridge back in 2005, still argued for the building of the Alaska bridge while testifying about earmarks at a House Republican meeting.
“The ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ was state money. It was in the state formula which we were supposed to have,” Young said. “Of course we had Hurricane Katrina and the statement was made that we should take the bridge to nowhere’s money and distribute it to the victims of down in the hurricane.”
“Of course I’ve suffered that ever since,” he added. “The bridge has not been built. It should have been built. There’s never been a bridge anywhere that had anything on the other side until it was built.”
The earmark for the infamous Alaska bridge, referred to as the “bridge to nowhere” allocated $223 million dollars to build a bridge from Ketchikan, Alaska, to a tiny island. State officials eventually announced the end of the potential building in 2015.
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