McCain and Jindal Split on Katrina Funding

By Greg Wallace

Jun 18, 2008 2:33pm

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf, Kate McCarthy, Teddy Davis, and Gregory Wallace Report: Louisiana Gov. and McCain VP prospect Bobby Jindal said on Wednesday that he and the state’s congressional delegation speak with "one voice across party lines and across chambers" in support of a $5.8 billion supplemental bill to aid reconstruction in the hurricane-ravaged state.

This puts the first-term Republican governor and former congressman at odds with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who labeled the Senate version of the $5.8 billion funding request "bloated" and criticized it for being attached to measures to fund military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

"While I don’t doubt the importance some may see in the various provisions included in the underlying bill, I strongly disagree with their inclusion in a war supplemental funding bill," McCain said in a statement submitted into the congressional record on May 22nd.

McCain, who has campaigned for president as a scourge of "pork-barrel spending," lambasted the funding measure without specifically mentioning the Louisiana reconstruction projects as a reason for not supporting bill.

In addition to funding Army Corps of Engineers’ work to shore up the state’s flood protection, the supplemental also includes $137 million for hospitals, $60 million for port dredging, $50 million for crime prevention, and $73 million for housing vouchers for displaced residents.

Jindal, 37, was one of three potential running mates who attended a recent barbeque at McCain’s Arizona ranch.

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