$1.9 Trillion COVID Package Includes Funding for Chuck Schumer’s Pet Project

$1.9 Trillion COVID Package Includes Funding for Chuck Schumer’s Pet Project


President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief package includes $1.5 million for the Seaway International Bridge, a pet cause for Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer.

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, released in full by House Democrats on Friday, includes $1.5 million for the “maintenance and capital infrastructure activities” of the Seaway International Bridge in Massena, New York.

The bridge, which connects New York to Canada, is a priority for Schumer, the Senate’s majority leader, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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During his tenure, Schumer has backed numerous bills and measures involving the Seaway International Bridge and its surrounding area.

In 2016, Schumer fought against an attempt to eliminate funding for the Department of Transportation subagency that oversees the Seaway in Massena.

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“The attempt to defund this vital entity is severely misguided; it will hurt our

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