Judging by the way some New York and New Jersey Republicans have been acting you’d think that Speaker John Boehner had agreed to raise taxes without any concession from the Democrats on spending. Oh wait. He did that. But that’s not what they’re mad about. They’re stark raving mad because he didn’t bring the Hurricane Sandy relief bill to the floor for a vote. Well, finally we have found a NYC politician who is sane. And no, it isn’t Rep. Peter King.
However, Councilman Dan Halloran did not sign on and instead sent a letter of his own to Mr. Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in which his appreciation that the House delayed the Sandy package that was approved by the Senate because it contained too much unrelated pork and his desire for Congress to pass a more “responsible” bill than the one currently on the table.
“As a fiscal conservative and a hawk on reckless government spending, I appreciate the House’s desire to create a responsible bill that will provide the necessary aide [sic] to the affected areas,” Mr. Halloran wrote. “The federal government must act immediately to pass a bill that will address these storm related costs without creating a slush fund of pet projects around the country and around the world.”
In his letter, Mr. Halloran listed some of the elements of the Sandy aid bill that was approved by the Senate that he finds unnecessary.
“The United States Senate passed a bill that would have provided some of the much needed money, but it also provided funds for overseas embassies, new federal vehicles, last year’s tsunami in Japan, improvements to the Kennedy Space Center and fisheries in places as far from the east coast as Alaska,” explained Mr. Halloran. (Read More)
It’s amazing that so many Republicans aren’t directing their anger where it belongs – at President Obama and the Democrats in the Senate who wrote the bill.
The real “selfishness and duplicity,” however, comes from those who insist that this bill is meant for Sandy’s victims—when in reality, it is a special-interest money fest. This is a terrible way to treat storm victims, by piling on other projects and tying them to an emotional legislative vote.
It amounts to exploiting disaster victims, which is inexcusable. That’s where the anger should be focused.
The estimate of insured losses from Sandy comes in around $20 billion—but the total aid package proposed is three times that amount. Roughly $28 billion of the request is marked for future disaster-mitigation projects. (Read More)
What is wrong with these people? The federal government is broke. It’s beyond broke – it’s $16.4 trillion in debt! Not to mention that FEMA is still sitting on billions of dollars in aid funding it hasn’t yet spent. Good grief.