Kay Bailey Hutchison in Shrub, by Molly Ivins


On Welfare & Poverty: Secured $3M federal funds for poverty in Rio Grande Valley

If the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, the 42 border-region counties, were a separate nation, they'd look like a Central American republic. The people here constitute the largest segment of Texas' working poor.

Along the river's banks are hundreds of colonias, "subdivisions" where developers never got around to providing the streets, sewers, and drinkable water they promised when they sold the lots and then moved on to the next instant slum.

There are still many colonias that lack water, streets, or sewers. But colonias with no public services are--to borrow a phrase from the former Texas house speaker--"far and few between." Not as far and few between and W. Bush's working visits to the area.

When Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison visited the area in April 1999, she walked into a house with rotten plywood floors. She walked through the mud streets while it was raining. Hutchison also helped secure #3 million in federal funding for the colonias.

Source: Shrub, by Molly Ivins, p. 169-172 Oct 1, 2000

The above quotations are from Shrub: The Short but Happy Political Life of George W. Bush, by Molly Ivins.
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