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$50 billion Sandy relief bill somehow passes House with just 49 Republican votes
Hotair ^ | 01/16/2013 | AllahPundit

Posted on 01/16/2013 7:32:09 AM PST by SeekAndFind

I remember some consternation in the media a few weeks ago after Boehner split the original $60 billion relief package into two smaller bills that this meant the GOP was going to gut part of it. Absurd. Did anyone seriously believe Boehner et al. would risk more bad press by stripping out the pork after Chris Christie threw a big tantrum about how evil his own party was for even delaying the initial vote?

I hereby retract my skepticism that the GOP leadership collectively has no balls.

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives approved measures Tuesday to send more than $50 billion in aid to the Northeastern states ravaged by Superstorm Sandy last fall, though some conservatives in the House were pushing for spending cuts that would offset the cost of the recovery package…

One of those voted upon – introduced by Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina – called for all of the Sandy aid funding to be completely counterbalanced by equivalent spending cuts. Previously, emergency aid packages, including several measures funding relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina that hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, have been passed in Congress without matching spending reductions.

The Mulvaney amendment, however, failed to pass the House Tuesday afternoon.

Seventy-one Republicans voted against Mulvaney’s amendment, which was more than enough to bury it with heavy Democratic support. The final bill passed 241-180, with 179 Republicans — nearly four-fifths of the caucus — voting no. There was a lot of chatter last year before the fiscal-cliff vote that Boehner wouldn’t bring bills to the floor that didn’t have the support of a majority of his own caucus (the so-called “Hastert Rule”). Fast-forward a few weeks and he’s now allowing votes on bills that face supermajority opposition from the GOP. Looks like he’s feeling awfully good about his leverage after being reelected Speaker. Presumably tonight’s vote was his way of signaling to the tea partiers in the caucus that, if push comes to shove, he’ll let Democrats pass a debt-ceiling hike with help from Republican centrists too. There’s not much conservative members could do to punish him for that; he already has the worst job in Washington. The cruelest thing they could do to him is elect him to another term.

Update: Among those 49 yes votes, by the way: Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: congress; hurricanesandy; relief; sandy

1 posted on 01/16/2013 7:32:21 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Mulvaney is one of the good guys.
Wish we had more like him.


2 posted on 01/16/2013 7:35:50 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: SeekAndFind

Good, my congressman was a no.


3 posted on 01/16/2013 7:37:23 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Plan to join a union if you have any desire to work in NJ on the sandy recovery. And why would you want to work in bruce and jon’s home state anyway? No doubt portions of NJ are beautiful but the mind set of too many is ugly. Did christie actually go along with the exclusion of non-union workers? How is that even possible? Mr. tell the teachers union to pound sand. Looking for some of that omama stash I guess.

Molon labe.


4 posted on 01/16/2013 7:38:40 AM PST by rktman (Live the oath you took or get out of office!)
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To: SeekAndFind

WTF !!!! 50 BILLION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The US bought Alaska for 7.2 Million

*sigh*

these crooks are robbing the treasury blind!


5 posted on 01/16/2013 7:42:15 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

RE: The US bought Alaska for 7.2 Million

According to this inflation calculator:

http://www.westegg.com/inflation/

What cost $7,200,000 in 1867 would cost $114,095,560.09 in 2011.


6 posted on 01/16/2013 7:48:44 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

“Even more outrageous: The total Sandy relief is $59 billion: $9 billion in flood insurance relief already passed and the $50 billion today. But of that $50 billion today only $17 billion is for Sandy related matters...”

http://minx.cc/?post=336618


7 posted on 01/16/2013 7:52:17 AM PST by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The real issue was the amendment not the final vote. Boehner split out the 51 billion between 17 of emergency aid and 34 of longer term aid and pork. Thirty eight Republicans voted for the amendment that put the pork and long term stuff back into the bill. WTF? Once added to the bill, 49 Republicans agreed to vote yes


8 posted on 01/16/2013 7:54:46 AM PST by kushnejz
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To: SeekAndFind

Looks like Boehner is finding democrats useful to the Rino Republican agenda. Way to go RINO f•ckheads-


9 posted on 01/16/2013 7:59:13 AM PST by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: SeekAndFind

It just doesn’t make any sense!

Why does New York and New Jersey need 50 billion because of a tropical storm? surely the vast majority of the property damaged was covered by insurance.

By comparison Tarp was 700 billion.

This just stinks to high heaven to me. It looks like a backdoor way of getting TARP 3 money, but then focusing it all on New York and New Jersey as political payback.


10 posted on 01/16/2013 8:04:38 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: Qbert

55-60% of that bill is pork.


11 posted on 01/16/2013 8:09:17 AM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s/15s are the 21st Century's Muskets. Self-Defense is The First Human Right.)
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To: broken_arrow1

Yup. Boehner is now leader of a coalition of dems and rinos. The Senate could pass a lot of Republican bills, but Reid doesn’t let them come to the floor. Boehner letting these pass, and the fiscal cliff deal, without Republican support, show he is not a Republican. When are they going to get rid of this sob sister?


12 posted on 01/16/2013 8:11:01 AM PST by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: carriage_hill

oh a few billion here and there and purty soon we’ll be talkin real money!


13 posted on 01/16/2013 8:19:02 AM PST by Gasshog (Welcome to the United States of Stupidos!)
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To: Defiant
It looks like the only way to get rid of this man is to put up a serious challenge in the Republican primary in Ohio.

Anyone from his district that could run against him? Republican or TeaParty member? We have to start now to get someone new.

This man needs to go!

14 posted on 01/16/2013 8:26:41 AM PST by FR_addict
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To: FR_addict

His district would never get rid of him. Can you imagine the pork he must bring home? The only one we ever got rid of was Foley, and he had some serious scandals that helped. Nowadays, no one even cares about scandals, but back then, it mattered. No, they need a behind the scenes uprising, like the one that got rid of Gingrich. It was these guys, Boehner, et al. who did that, by the way, because Gingrich wouldn’t let them legislate pork.


15 posted on 01/16/2013 8:33:45 AM PST by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: FR_addict

Is it possible to seal the doors of Congress and make it a jail for these miscreants and thieves? Stop stealing our money, you cretins!


16 posted on 01/16/2013 8:36:07 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Gasshog

Where’s Everett Dirksen when we really need him?


17 posted on 01/16/2013 8:39:29 AM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s/15s are the 21st Century's Muskets. Self-Defense is The First Human Right.)
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To: SeekAndFind

$114,095,560.00 / 366,039,040 acres $.31 per acre

Still a good deal.


18 posted on 01/16/2013 8:51:16 AM PST by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: SeekAndFind
"I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents."

-- James Madison, 4 Annals of congress 179 (1794)

"I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity. [To approve the measure] would be contrary to the letter and spirit of the Constitution and subversive to the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded."

-- President Franklin Pierce, 1854 veto of a measure to help the mentally ill


19 posted on 01/16/2013 8:55:23 AM PST by EternalVigilance (It's amazing how expensive "free" can be.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Both parties are saturated with hard core communists that have no interest in saving America. Maybe we need the third party now. Must be some communists Democrats that might change their ignorance and join the save America bunch.


20 posted on 01/16/2013 9:08:16 AM PST by Logical me
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To: listenhillary

RE: $114,095,560.00 / 366,039,040 acres $.31 per acre

Still a good deal.

We have to remember this — that was when Alaska was totally WILDERNESS. Juneau, Anchorage, Fairbanks, etc. had ALMOST ZERO infrastructure, no oil drilling, no tourist spots, no highways, NOTHING.


21 posted on 01/16/2013 9:24:20 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I see how California will get out of its fiscal mess. They’ll wait for an earthquake and then get a trillion dollar relief package.


22 posted on 01/16/2013 9:29:47 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

RE: focusing it all on New York and New Jersey as political payback.

As a New Yorker, I know that our state’s budget deficit is $2 Billion for 2012.

See here:

http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=711

Assuming NY gets HALF of this $25 Billion, they can close this gap with that money ( that means Taxpayers of OTHER STATES are helping NY close their deficit ), with plenty of cash top spare for Sandy relief.

With this, I see no reason why NY should have any more deficits in 2013. But who wants to bet that the deficit will be larger than ever in 2013?


23 posted on 01/16/2013 9:31:31 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: TexasFreeper2009
CORRECTION:

Assuming NY gets HALF of this $25 50 Billion, they can close this gap with that money.
24 posted on 01/16/2013 9:53:42 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

After September 11, the federal government set aside $5 billion for victim´s families and agreed to spend over $21 billion to help New York recover

Add the new $50 billion to the money New York got after 9-11 and it has received over 70 BILLION additional dollars from the federal government since 9-11.

So basically... Tropical Storm Sandy supposedly inflicted over twice as much damage to New York and the surrounding areas than 9-11 ...

lol

right.

we are being robbed.


25 posted on 01/16/2013 9:53:41 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

RE: we are being robbed.

Texas (among others) has been robbed. We (in NY) get the money :)

This is Obama’s world — REDISTRIBUTION.

Don’t worry, you’ll get it back if (God forbid) a hurricane strikes you. :)


26 posted on 01/16/2013 9:57:20 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Aid = 50% pork

Pork = kick backs


27 posted on 01/16/2013 9:58:22 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: broken_arrow1

If only the fine repub-progressive Romney were elected everything would be peachy, right? We are all fooked.


28 posted on 01/16/2013 10:08:18 AM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: broken_arrow1

Right on. The RINOS AGREE with this the democrats on most spending. Their political genius is the ability to hide this agreement from their base. Boehner probably would have preferred a $100 billion bill.


29 posted on 01/20/2013 8:27:16 AM PST by DManA
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To: DManA

Republicans see a need for themselves as the straight guy in a comedy routine. There will always be a need for someone to demonize...Like Stalin’s Trotsky and Hitler’s Socialists (although they weren’t that different from the National Socialists “NaZi’s”).


30 posted on 01/20/2013 8:35:25 AM PST by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: Defiant
If you notice, Reid and Obama are not calling Boehner out by name like they usually would
against any Republican. The reason is that Boehner is on their side.

And those calls to Boehner from Obama are about golf, they just tell us it's work related. /wing /nod
As long as Boehner stays Drunk Speaker of the House nothing good will come from it. They own him.

31 posted on 01/20/2013 8:52:00 AM PST by MaxMax (Gun free zones was the invitation to gun bans by the left, at any cost)
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