the Speaker didn’t want, but got scolded by Christie for
Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2013 14:47:11 -0500
Just some of the pork in the Sandy bill:
$4 million for the Kennedy Space Center.
$8 million to buy cars and equipment for the Homeland Security and Justice departments.
$20 million for a nationwide “Water Resources Priorities Study”.
$41 million for eight military bases including Guantanamo Bay.
$56.8 million for charting the debris from last year’s Japanese tsunami.
$58.8 million for forest restoration on private land.
$100 million for the federal Head Start day care program.
$150 million in funding for Alaskan fisheries.
$188 million for new Amtrak lines (not repair, whole new lines).
$197 million “to… protect coastal ecosystems and habitat impacted by Hurricane Sandy.”
$5.3 billion to the Army Corps of Engineers (that’s more than their annual budget).
$10.78 billion for public transportation, most of which is allocated to future construction and improvements, not disaster relief.
$13 billion would go to “mitigation” projects to prepare for future storms.
$17 billion for wasteful Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), a program that has become notorious for its use as a backdoor earmark program.
How does any of this have anything to do with immediate emergency relief for the victims of Hurricane Sandy?
Harry Reid passed this through the Democratically controlled Senate then sent them all home, so that the House couldn’t send it back for ratification (after removing the pork). All they could do was vote it down. This way Harry Reid makes the Republican’s look like the bad guys. Reid doesn’t care about the victims of Sandy, it’s all just about politics (beating the Republicans) for him. Over 40 House job creation bills sit on his desk right now, but will never see a vote. And people wonder why Boehner told him to go F himself this week.