State of Virginia Archives: on Budget & Economy

George Allen: FactCheck: Vvoted against the Alaskan Bridge to Nowhere

Allen said: "When I was in the Senate, I was one of about a dozen who voted against that Bridge to Nowhere."

Allen has said before that he took a stand against the now infamous earmark for a $225 million bridge connecting the city of Ketchikan, Alaska to the Island of Gravina, which has 50 residents.

In July 2005, Allen voted for a $286.5 billion transportation bill that included money for the Bridge to Nowhere. But funding for the Alaska bridge came to less than one tenth of 1% of the overall cost of that overall highway bill, which passed by a 91-4 vote.

The bridge came up again later that year. Allen supported an amendment to another transportation appropriations bill that would redirect part of the funding for the Alaskan span to rebuild a hurricane-damaged bridge near New Orleans. The amendment failed by an 82-15 vote. We rated Allen's claim that he was among a small minority who voted against the Alaskan bridge True.

Source: 2012 Senate FactCheck: Virginia debate Apr 30, 2012

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