Hurricane Sandy Pork – What is in the $60.4B Sandy Relief Package?

Hurricane Sandy Pork – What is in the $60.4B Sandy Relief Package?

What looks like a greatly needed bill by it’s title, turns out to be laden with Congressional pet projects and pork.  Folks made fun of those who voted against the Clean Water Act for similar reasons… I mean it IS Clean Water… who could possible be against that? Same goes for this bill, the Sandy Relief package has a few items that don’t seem to fit.

Meida Credit: Gannett NJ photo/Bob Bielk

Media Credit: Gannett NJ photo/Bob Bielk

Don’t ever let  a Crisis go to waste.  I mean you have a Hurricane and people need relief, whats wrong with adding a few items for the greater good?

Here is the list

•$2 million to repair damage to the roofs of museums in Washington, D.C., while many in Hurricane Sandy’s path still have no roof over their own heads.

•$150 million for fisheries as far away from the storm’s path as Alaska.

•$125 million for the Department of Agriculture’s Emergency Watershed Protection program, which helps restore watersheds damaged by wildfires and drought.

•$20 million for a nationwide Water Resources Priorities Study.

•$15 million for NASA facilities, though NASA itself has called its damage from the hurricane ‘minimal.’

•$50 million in subsidies for tree planting on private properties.

•$336 million for taxpayer-supported AMTRAK without any detailed plan for how the money will be spent.

•$5.3 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers – more than the Corps’ annual budget – with no statement of priorities about how to spend the money.

•$12.9 billion for future disaster mitigation activities and studies, without identifying a single way to pay for it.

via Can We Relax About Sandy Relief for a Second?

But ask those in DC why Alaska fisheries money  and other items listed above is needed in a Hurricane Bill and you will get some very good reason that Alaska Salmon is needed in Sandy relief:

Many news outlets are reporting that President Obama’s proposed $60.4 billion federal aid bill for Hurricane Sandy victims is packed with pork. I contacted my White House insider, Deep Mole, to get some answers.

Purcell: Isn’t this another example of reckless politicians exploiting an emergency to fund pet projects and pork?

Deep Mole: Pet projects? Pork? There is no pork in the president’s proposal.

Purcell: You’re nuts. As this bill worked its way through the Senate before Christmas, Democrats slipped in all kinds of non-emergency goodies. Then they offered more goodies to Republicans to win their support.

Deep Mole: Goodies?

Purcell: Why does the bill include $2 million to repair roof damage at Smithsonian buildings in Washington, D.C.?

Deep Mole: The Smithsonian is a national treasure that Sandy victims may one day visit. We must make sure they are not traumatized by leaky museum roofs!

Purcell: Nice try, my friend. Why does the emergency bill include $336 million for Amtrak-related expenses?

Deep Mole: Amtrak is a common mode of transportation for New York residents to travel to Washington and go to the Smithsonian. We must make sure Sandy victims are not traumatized by broken-down trains.

Purcell: You are clever. Then explain why the emergency bill includes $8 million to buy new cars for federal agencies.

Deep Mole: Many federal agencies are assisting Sandy victims. They need new cars from government-owned General Motors to drive to the areas where government services are most needed.

Purcell: You’re good. Then explain why the bill includes $150 million for fisheries in Mississippi and Alaska.

via Hurricane Sandy pork – Bennington Banner.

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  • Suckered Tax Payer

    Mr. Barlow needs to share some of those drugs he is taking. They certainly altered his reality regarding his pumped up number of 100 million. For the actual few hundred thousand effected, didn’t these people buy insurance or were they too tight wad to spend the money? Some of those areas look like wealthy districts. Why is it that I should have to be fleeced as a tax payer to cover folks who did not have the foresight to protect themselves? 60 Billion at a million dollars each would buy 60 thousand new homes and then some. Don’t cry to me Mr. Barlow, I am sick of funding you and others that always seem to have a hand out. How much money has been fleeced out of me and others to pay for the WTC? Don’t even get me started on Florida (the yearly Hurricane disaster zone) and the thievery of the folks in New Orleans after Katrina. In my book, you are all thieves — stealing from hard working tax payers.

  • http://politisite.com/ politisite

    Why thank you for your thoughtful comments Stephen

  • Stephen Barlow

    Having accounted for less than 2% of the entire bill, of course a RED Trooper such as yourself would trash the whole bill and let 100 million people survive a winter without power, heat, emergency services or more than group shelter and RED CROSS food.

    Funny how all those Sandy States annual support the rest of the nation with as much as 30% of their tax payments to the IRS, and have rebuilt every last mobile home park in RED STATE LAND for the last 50 years.

    ONCE a century, a perfect storm devastates them and “PATRIOTS” like you turn you backso n those that kept your home from peril for your entire life.

    Your Mother must be soo proud of how well you learned from that good old fashioned Bible Beating Christianity you claim as Salvation from the Lord.

  • Pjh708

    Why don’t they list the names of representatives adding the pork to the bill?

  • oldphardt

    Names !! America wants to know who did this porking !!  We The People and those in the affected areas need to know who is responsible for this needless fiasco !!!

  • Lefty_fizzell

    This is definitely taxation without repersentation in Washington, D.C. Why is Nascar, Hollywood and others getting money in this bill? Why isn’t Chris Christie out there fighting against the PORK in this bill?

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  • http://www.politisite.com/ Albert N. Milliron

     Oh the Puns LOL

  • TonyLima

    By my calculations, the bill is about 71% pork. The following linked article includes links to my Excel workbook and the bill as passed by the Senate (Word 2011 and pdf versions). http://gonzoecon.com/2013/01/the-hurricane-sandy-relief-bill/

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  • GBGeezer

    No wonder everyone is squealing like a pig since Speaker declined to take it to the floor!