Skip to comments.GOP proposes smaller, $24B Sandy aid package
Posted on 12/20/2012 7:07:56 AM PST by upchuck
The GOP alternative bill would provide more than enough money to pay for immediate recovery efforts through the spring.
Republicans complain that the $60.4 billion Democratic bill being debated in the Senate is larded with money for projects unrelated to damage from the late October storm, which battered the Atlantic coastline from North Carolina to Maine.
The Republican version does not include $13 billion Democrats want for projects to protect against future storms, including fortification of mass transit systems in the Northeast and protecting vulnerable seaside areas by building jetties against storm surges.
Republicans said however worthy such projects may be, they are not urgently needed and should be considered by Congress in the usual appropriations process next year, not through emergency spending.
"We want to take care of urgent needs now," said Indiana Sen. Dan Coats, ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations homeland security subcommittee, who put forward the bill. "We can look at other needs down the road when we have more time to look at them."
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They cut the bill from $60.4mil to $24mil.
The article contains no reaction from the RATS.
The pubbies cut out all the lard. Excellent!
How about zero?
The states turned away help because they were not union! Screw them!
Sounds good to me. If people build in areas that are at risk for natural disasters then they should be prepared to pay the cost of the clean up afterwards. If people need help, then most Americans are more than eager to donate goods and cash, but that should be strictly voluntary. Charity is only charity if it is voluntary. The government taking what belongs to one person to give to another is theft.
Government flood insurance and other programs that supposedly help people only encourage people to take risks that they would not take if they had to bear the cost themselves. Ditto for FDIC insurance of banks. When government sets out to fix a problem it only creates new and bigger problems. Will people never learn?
Some of the state-run-media are already demonizing the Republicans for “slashing” aid.
Don’t get too excited. A skeptical person might conclude that the GOP’s sudden interest in fiscal retraint has less to do with recapturing traditional conservative values than it does with the fact that Sandy was a blue-state storm.
The original Bill had provisions for funding of emergency sand replenishment of the beaches. IMHO, that can wait.
More important is restoring power and heat to the thousands, including my brother, who are still waiting almost two months later. And something should be done about the mold that’s quickly spreading and causing sickness.