Steve King continues his outspoken ways. The northwest Iowa Congressman issued a terse statement after meeting with Governor Tom Vilsack Tuesday in Washington.
"Governor Vilsack met with me and the rest of the Iowa Congressional Delegation today in the U.S. Capitol," King told the Pilot-Tribune. "As he sat and asked for more money for X, Y and Z, complaining that we in Congress had not come through with authorized funds, I wondered if he needed a refresher course on the appropriations process.
"Just as in the State of Iowa, Federal appropriators look at the authorized suggestion and then determine what is realistic for the overall budget. To anticipate receiving the full authorized amount is unrealistic when you consider that there are still programs that are unauthorized but continue to be funded." The Endangered Species Act expired in 1992, but it has still received funding for the past 12 years, he said.
"Tom Vilsack should stop campaigning in Washington, D.C. for the #2 spot on the John Kerry ticket and get back to Iowa to fix the budget shortfalls caused by his double dipping into the Senior Living Trust," King said. "He had better believe that I will work to prohibit intergovernmental transfers of funds when he puts the security of our seniors in jeopardy only to give state employees a raise."