Sandy Bill 2: Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX 5): Federal Disaster Relief MUST be Reformed!

Representative Jeb Hensarling

LLPH thanks Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX 5) for voting against final passage of H.R. 152 (Sandy Supplemental 2) which included a lot of pork and wasteful spending and was not offset.

In an article, the Congressman stated: 

In the wake of a tragedy like Hurricane Sandy, all agree, no matter what, that disaster victims must receive basic necessities like food, water, power, medicine and law enforcement. This is undebatable. Yet as we continue to borrow more than 30 cents on the dollar, much of it from the Chinese, can and should the federal government continue to fund the restoration of private homes, businesses and automobiles? When wealthy states like New York and Connecticut spent $4.7 million on streetscapes and $30 million a year in taxpayer funds to rent new office space while state-rented office space stood vacant, can and should the federal government continue to pay to rebuild their infrastructure?

 

According to a recent report by the Heritage Foundation, the yearly average for disaster declarations has grown from 28 during the Reagan administration to 90 during the Clinton administration, 130 during the George W. Bush administration, and 153 during the Obama administration. This isn’t just nature at work. This is a move toward “nationalizing” disaster, consequently lowering the threshold of what is considered truly disastrous. This has allowed states and localities to abdicate more and more of their responsibilities to a federal government that owns a printing press for money and has no balanced budget requirements. Also, spending restraint is usually the first thing to go in the heat of a crisis — especially when someone else is picking up the tab.

Congressman Hensarling gets it. The federal government should not and can no longer keep funding local disasters. More power and money should be given to each individual state. That is how we will save the next generation and help victims in the future.

Here is the link to his written article: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jan/15/government-to-use-sandy-relief-as-cover-for-more-s/

Here is the link to the roll call vote (“nay” vote was urged): http://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2013/h23

 

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