Emergency supplementals should, “only be about the emergency.”
—Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA 49)
But the liberals decided to pork this bill up and include a bunch of unnecessary spending. That’s why LLPH asked conservatives like Darrell Issa to vote “no” on the final passage of the bill.
As Rep. Darrell Issa noted in his press release:
- Transportation funding included in the bill (highway, train, etc) is not limited to areas affected by Sandy
- Provisions make Guam eligible for funding (it is closer to Tokyo than anywhere affected by Hurricane Sandy)
- NOAA gets funding for improvements to weather forecasting equipment, satellite systems, and other projects that were not damaged by Sandy but would nonetheless receive “upgrades”
- $16 billion of Community Development Funds that would be available to any community or state that was declared a federal disaster area in 2011, 2012 and 2013. (Hurricane Sandy occurred AFTER 2011 and more states than those affected would be eligible)
- $2 million for Smithsonian roof repairs
- Includes $3.46 billion in Army Corps of Engineers spending designated by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) as non-emergency
- According to CBO, 80 percent of spending outlays occur in FY15 and beyond – this means only 20% of “emergency” funding would be spent in the next 2 years.
It is for the reasons noted by Rep. Issa above that LLPH urged a “no” vote.
Read more of his press release here: http://issa.house.gov/press-releases/2013/01/issa-opposes-unrelated-spending-tucked-inside-emergency-hurricane-aid-package/#more-3884
See the roll call vote here (“no” vote preferred): http://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2013/h23