The spending was part of a federal package enacted last week
WASHINGTON — A bulletin distributed by U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert’s office this week touts “nine Boebert wins for Colorado,” but the nine articles were included in a bill the rep voted against earlier this month .
Boebert celebrated investments worth about $2.3 billion and measures such as preventing the use of federal money to pay for abortions, but several of the identified monies are distributed to localities on a annual basis or benefit national programs and initiatives.
“Without selling my soul and my votes through the corrupt appropriations process, we were able to do a lot of great things and in federal law through the normal appropriations process,” Boebert said in the newsletter.
A Boebert spokesperson said The Herald of Durango that each of the nine priorities highlighted in the bulletin are requests for appropriation led by Boebert’s office or were requests from other representatives that she signed off on. Several of the nine priorities are the result of meetings with local community leaders, the spokesperson said.
The $1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill containing the “nine Boebert wins” was signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 15. Boebert voted against six days earlier. The spokesman said the omnibus bill, which combines budget measures with policy changes, contained “more harm than good” for Republicans, so Boebert voted against it.
When the federal spending bill is created each year, members of the House can submit specific requests for budget allocations, called appropriations. Texas Rep. Kay Granger, the ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, sent a letter to Boebert on March 9 outlining several of her priorities that made it into the final legislation.
“(Granger) has sent letters to all Republicans making formal requests to the Committee. It’s the member’s decision to make it public,” said Sarah Flaim, Granger’s director of communications, in an email. Herald. Boebert linked to the letter in his newsletter.
Among the items listed in Boebert’s newsletter was $515 million for payments in lieu of taxes, an annual federal program that compensates local governments that have federal lands in their jurisdictions. Federal land is not taxable, so LTIP payments cover land tax losses and help pay for a variety of services that local governments provide to maintain the land. Boebert has requested full funding for the program, according to a 2021 letter.
Boebert also trumpeted $1.8 billion in federal spending to fund rural community health centers, a national priority pushed by the Biden administration that will benefit parts of Colorado’s 3rd congressional district.
Other accomplishments listed in the bulletin include $10 million for an irrigation fund used by the Southern Ute tribe and a political victory to keep sage grouse off the endangered species list.
Boebert has consistently avoided the use of earmarks, which provide federal funds for local projects, calling the process corrupt and counterproductive. The senses. Michael Bennett and John Hickenlooper secured more than $11 million for La Plata and Montezuma counties using earmarked funds.
Skye Witley, a senior at American University in Washington, DC, is an intern for The Durango Herald and The Journal at Cortez. He can be contacted at [email protected].