Mayor Bashes Pork But ‘Will Continue To Ask as Long as They’re Giving It’

Mayor Bloomberg is no fan of federal pork for infrastructure projects, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t want some for New York. We just got around to watching the testimony the mayor delivered in Washington last Thursday, where he pushed for a more measured approach to funding infrastructure needs around the country, blasting pork spending.

“We ask for money for things that are totally local,” he said at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. “Why the federal government does it, I don’t know. They shouldn’t be doing it, although we will continue to ask as long as they’re giving it out.

“Our senators have the obligation to bring home the bacon like everybody else does. But the federal government, it seems to me, the Senate should get together and say, ‘We’re not going to do it anymore.’”

Mr. Bloomberg joined the mayors of Atlanta, Kansas City and Jacksonville to testify before the committee on municipal infrastructure needs. He endorsed a concept pushed by Senator Chris Dodd that would have a national infrastructure bank, from which billions of dollars would be allocated by an independent body, theoretically removed from the Congressional pressures that drive pork spending. Mayor Bashes Pork But ‘Will Continue To Ask as Long as They’re Giving It’