Congress: $4 million for National Council of The Race
Posted Mon, Dec 12, 2005 at 9:33 am
Thanks to a congressional earmark, an open-borders advocacy group that pushes for driver's licenses, free in-state tuition and healthcare for illegal aliens and bilingual requirements for state agencies and ballots is slated to get $4 million in new taxpayer money to add to the more than $30 million it has received from various federal agencies since 1996.It's not known exactly who got them this earmark; NCLR wasn't expecting it. However:
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), Spanish for "the race," will get its latest grant through an appropriations bill passed by Congress on November 18. The Joint Explanatory Statement of HR 3058, available on the House's Rules Committee website lists 1,100 plus earmarks in the bill, including La Raza's grant under the Housing and Urban Development Department's Self-Help and Assisted Ownership Programs. Under this account La Raza will receive four times as much as the Special Olympics, which won a $1-million earmark.
One possible culprit is Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) who sits on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that handled the bill carrying the earmark. In 2001, Reid sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee requesting $5 million for La Raza's housing programs. That same year Reid also received NCLR's Capital Award for "his commitment to advance legislation priorities of the Latino Community." In gratitude, Reid told NCLR, "La Raza is like the biblical David, fighting all these Goliaths."
Reid's office did not respond to calls asking whether he inserted or even supported the earmark...