WASHINGTON - The Senate yesterday approved $2 billion for New York City to build a rail link to JFK Airport, part of $20 billion in rebuilding aid pledged by President Bush after the 9/11 attacks.
The funding, provided through special tax credits, must be authorized by a joint Senate-House panel before it can be doled out to the city. The Senate approved the tax credits over the objections of a lawmaker who said tornadoes do as much damage as 9/11.
Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) tried to stop the bill in the Senate Finance Committee by claiming, "There are other tragedies that can hit, obviously we had the tornadoes, you know, that hit."
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who led the funding drive, called that "unfair and wrong."
"It was an evil attack, which our city is still suffering from," Schumer lectured Ensign.
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Look carefully, and it appears the JFK rail link is a new tunnel between Manhattan and Atlantic Avenue. The rest is already in place.