January 30, 2011
By Mike Fitzgerald
Vowing to wield a fierce budget ax, the new Republican leaders of the U.S. House right away cut out federal earmarks — the spending bills that pay for lawmakers’ pet projects.
But that could mean big problems for metro-east leaders seeking White House aid to pay for an estimated $180 million worth of federally mandated flood levee repairs in Madison, St. Clair and Monroe counties.
With the federal earmark spigot shut off, Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, is now reaching out to the President Barack Obama…more