DENVER—Yesterday, the House of Representatives worked up to midnight debating the FY 2018-19 budget and the 95 accompanying amendments. Out of the 95, House Republicans offered six amendments that would have moved more than $631 million dollars out wasteful and unnecessary programs and into road construction. Democrats not only killed every Republican amendment, but offered no amendments of their own to prioritize transportation funding.
“House Republicans started the budget process with amendments that eliminated $631 million dollars in wasteful spending, and it’s tremendously disappointing that year-after-year, Democrats are unwilling to pull money away from their pet projects to better fund meaningful transportation,” said House Minority Leader Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock).
Representative Paul Lundeen (R-Monument), whose amendment would have shifted $167 million into transportation by lowering Colorado’s reserve from 6.5 to 5 percent, issued the following statement regarding Republicans’ efforts:
“Colorado’s 30 year average reserve needs have been approximately 3.5 percent, and while we have transportation crisis today, we shouldn’t be saving an unnecessary amount of money for some other crisis at a later time. My colleagues on the left claim to support transportation, but their failure to prioritize this critical state need suggests otherwise.”