Saturday, December 26, 2009

Barrasso votes against Defense bill but brags about bringing robotics funding to Camp Guernsey

It seems odd that Wyoming U.S. Senator John Barrasso would brag about bringing Defense Department dollars to Wyoming after voting on Dec. 19 against HR. 3326, or the Department of Defense Appropriations Act.

Am I missing something. Maybe it's kosher to claim credit for something in a Senate bill even if you don't vote for it.

But here's today's story from the Billings Gazette:

Camp Guernsey will get $3.76 million for robotics experimentation work as part of a defense bill signed into law by President Barack Obama.

Obama signed the $626 billion defense bill on Saturday. Republican U.S. Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming requested the funding for the Wyoming Army National Guard Joint Training and Experimentation Center.

The work at Camp Guernsey is related to unmanned vehicles. The project will focus on four areas to support war fighter experimentation, according to Barrasso’s funding request.

The late U.S. Sen. Craig Thomas of Wyoming started the funding initiative for the joint robotics program in 2005.

The initiative has been a joint project of the University of Wyoming, the Wyoming National Guard and the Department of Defense.

Sen. Mike Enzi also voted against the Department of Defense Appropriations Act. Hey Senator -- is there any part of this awful, terrible and annoying bill that you want to take credit for?

Just asking...

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