Newsday is ripping into Republicans for not approving the Hurricane Sandy relief package. On the surface that sounds legitimate, especially when you have two Republicans, Rep. Peter King and NJ Governor Chris Christie joining in.
Unfortunately, they are dishonest because they failed to mention one important fact. The reason it was not approved is 2/3rds of the bill is filled with pork, wasting more of the taxpayer money and exploiting a tragedy. People died and lost their homes during the Hurricane. They should not be used in this way.
Go to Townhall to check out their story on the pork bill that was supposed to be a relief pack for people who are suffering:
The pork-barrel feast includes more than $8 million to buy cars and equipment for the Homeland Security and Justice departments. It also includes a whopping $150 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to dole out to fisheries in Alaska and $2 million for the Smithsonian Institution to repair museum roofs in DC.
An eye-popping $13 billion would go to “mitigation” projects to prepare for future storms.
Other big-ticket items in the bill include $207 million for the VA Manhattan Medical Center; $41 million to fix up eight military bases along the storm’s path, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; $4 million for repairs at Kennedy Space Center in Florida; $3.3 million for the Plum Island Animal Disease Center and $1.1 million to repair national cemeteries.
Budget watchdogs have dubbed the 94-page emergency-spending bill “Sandy Scam.”
- $58.8 million for forest restoration on private land.
- $197 million “to… protect coastal ecosystems and habitat impacted by Hurricane Sandy.”
- $10.78 billion for public transportation, most of which is allocated to future construction and improvements, not disaster relief.
- $17 billion for wasteful Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), a program that has become notorious for its use as a backdoor earmark program.
Republicans need to vote quickly on the relief part of the package and leave the pork for another day.