As National Journal reports below, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had no problem diverting clean energy money to use on the ‘cash for clunkers’ program or for state bailouts. Yet when it comes time to help families cope with disaster, Harry Reid is on track to shut down the government rather than share those funds with people in desperate need. Talk about misplaced priorities & Washington run amuck.
Democrats Contradict Themselves On Clean-Energy Funding. Democrats oppose a Republican plan to take money from clean-energy loan guarantee programs to pay for disaster relief as part of a short-term spending bill to keep the government operating beyond Friday’s end of the fiscal year. But twice before, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., diverted money--$3.5 billion total--from the renewable-energy program that issued loan guarantees to Solyndra to fund other programs. The first time he dipped into the program was to pay for the administration’s “cash for clunkers” program; the second time was for state aid. Democrats weren’t thrilled with Reid, but they kept their frustrations in check. But now that Republicans want to use the clean-energy money for disaster relief, Dems are standing firm. (National Journal, 9/26/11)