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Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill Filled With $60 Billion Of Pork Barrel Spending

Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill Filled With $60 Billion Of Pork Barrel Spending

The Hurricane Sandy relief bill is filled with pork spending according to third party analysts. The relief package is ostensibly intended for Hurricane Sandy victims, but in reality the Democratic Senate is exploiting loopholes in the budget process to pile on new so-called emergency spending.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the spending-filled Sandy relief bill was shot down previously by the House because of the high level of pork. The craziest part is that at that time the bill stood at $30 billion and now Democrats have stuffed even more pork spending in, doubling the cost to taxpayers at $60 billion.

Republicans like New Jersey governor Chris Christie have blasted Congress for delaying the Sandy relief bill. According to US News, House Speaker John Boehner has responded by promising to vote Friday on a $9 billion infusion of cash to the National Flood Insurance Program and a vote January 15 on the remaining $51 billion proposal.

This new plan by Boehner sounds like he’s trying to separate the pork spending from the actual relief money. Hopefully, Democrats will find that a reasonable compromise. According to Before It’s News the previous bills were shot down only because the Democratic Senate version of the bill was comprised of 85 percent pork spending that has nothing to do with Hurricane Sandy relief.

American Majority Action spokesman Ron Meyer said the Senate Democrat-created Sandy relief bill is packed with tons of pork barrel spending, some of which won’t even occur until after 2013:

“Why was this in the emergency bill for Sandy? It doesn’t make any sense. Only $1 out of every $6 — $9 billion of the $60 billion will be spent in 2013. That means 85 percent doesn’t come until 2014 and beyond. That’s not immediate relief. What this bill is fundamentally is a pork bill. It’s disgraceful to load a bill like this that has good motives, that has good intentions that is going to help people, with pork. Why are you putting your own projects in it. It’s disgraceful. It’s typical of Washington.”

An example of how disasters can sneak in pork spending and other types of fraud is relayed by The Heritage Foundation:

“Fraud related to Hurricane Katrina spending is estimated to top $2 billion. In addition, debit cards provided to hurricane victims were used to pay for Caribbean vacations, NFL tickets, Dom Perignon champagne, ‘Girls Gone Wild’ videos, and at least one sex change operation.”

What do you think about the antics of Congress now that you know about the pork spending stuffed into the Sandy relief bill?

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13 Responses to “Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill Filled With $60 Billion Of Pork Barrel Spending”

  1. Carol Ottinger

    What should have happened is Boehner to send the Bill right back to the Senate for amendments, not toss it in a basket somewhere and forget about it for 6 weeks. They had no problem amending Obamacare 33 times.

    Loading Bills with pork is what happened during the Stumulus Bill. Puerto Rican Run, sheep shearing, wooden arrows, NSCAR, etc, was packed into the Bill from both Republicans and Democrats. Bribing some politicians with things they want personally is how they get them to vote on a Bill, as disgusting as it is but it's done often and should be stopped.

  2. Anonymous

    is what exactly is the pork? just saying it won't be spent until next year doesn't make it pork. and katrina cost $116,000,000,000. if only 2 bil of that was wasted it's very low percentage. (actually it was a lot more, like 42 billion unaccounted for, but this writer is so ill-informed his data is questionable). and katrina aid was heavily backed by republicans, who passed it within a monh of the hurricane. of course the south is heavily red. and new york and new jersey are blue states. I hate that they've turned this into a political gambit.

  3. Anonymous

    because they don't know. they assume it's true because they want it to be.

  4. Suzanne Anderson Fischer

    Congrats on getting the Fiscal Cliff Deal passed. However, I was appalled to see how much PORK was put in the bill. NASCAR, tuna, Rum production, etc – really???

    With all the concern about spending and budget cuts, I feel that the time has come to abolish the idea of PORK. All bills should be clean and clear. Their costs should reflect "truth in spending." Just like the credit cards and banks have to do with lending.

    I especially do not think social security and Medicare should be touched when other greedy spending is occurring from the Congressmen.

    Sincerely, Suzanne Fischer, retired teacher

  5. Suzanne Anderson Fischer

    The above is a letter I sent to my Congressmen. When I pasted it in, it would not let me edit it to reflect the Sandy relief bill. The same applies to that and all other bills

  6. Jane Tweets Sweets

    I would like to also know who was behind the pork spending, give us their names and they will be voted out of office! They need to be called on the carpet.

  7. Gov. sux

    THIS IOS WHY WE DESPERATLY NEED TERM LIMIT'S, YA CAN'T VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE, THEIR PART OF THE FIXTURE;S TILL DEATH!