Senate’s Hurricane Sandy ‘Emergency Relief’ Bill: Porkfest 2012



$150 million for Alaskan fisheries, $2 million to the Smithsonian to repair roofs and $8 million to Homeland Security and the Justice Department to buy cars. And that’s chump change compared to the rest.

The old Klansman, Robert Byrd, who was famous for adding West Virginia pork to senate bills, would be proud: The Democrats’ Hurricane Sandy “emergency relief” bill contains more than $21 billion in spending that has nothing to do with Sandy – let alone the devastated areas of New York or New Jersey. Yep, Harry Reid’s Porkfest 2012 does the late senator proud indeed.

Not only does the bill include hundreds of millions of dollars of new unrelated spending requests, it also contains multiple provisions that had previously been rejected or not yet considered by Congress. Included? A measure that alters how the federal government manages areas prone to flooding – a bill that was rejected by the House earlier this year. It gets worse:

• $58.8 million for forest restoration on private land.

$10.78 billion for public transportation, most of which is allocated to future construction and improvements, not disaster relief.

• $33.2 million for eight projects in Nevada – the home state of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, including: $25 million for rural Nevada; $1.5 million for Truckee Meadows; and $725,000 for Tahoe Regional Planning.

• $16.8 million for seven projects in West Virginia, including: $2.5 million for the Greenbrier River Basin; $325,000 for the Parkersburg and Vienna Riverfront Park; and $150,000 for Island Creek at Logan

• $12.9 million for 11 projects in the state of Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), including: $5 million for central New Mexico; $250,000 for Santa Fe; and $180,000 for the Southwest Valley, Albuquerque.

Same ol’ same ol’. Can’t wait to see what they try to tack on to whatever federal legislation is sure to come as a result of the Sandy Hook massacre.

Historically, “pork” is part of the horse-trading involved in the legislative process: In order to gain broad support, bills or proposals that would likely be defeated otherwise are included in emergency spending bills to buy votes. (Not dissimilar to O’s purchase of the 2012 election.)

While both parties have done it for decades, I would think – in light of present budgetary realities – that an emergency bill to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy who have waited weeks for help could sail through the Senate without politics as usual. Silly me.

And yesterday, in an attempt to peel off enough Senate Republicans to prevent a filibuster of their pork-laden bill, Senate Democrats began offering wavering Republicans pork goodies for their states as well.  HR Amendment No. 3395 contains several handwritten notes that broaden the Hurricane Sandy relief bill to include coverage for other hurricanes, including Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Isaac; dumping in a rewritten version of a bill by Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) to construct levees in North Dakota; and dumping hundreds of million of dollars in particular areas.

Tens of thousands were affected by Hurricane Sandy, which killed at least 125 in the U.S. Homes were destroyed, communities obliterated and lives changed forever. But, hey – rather than focusing on providing desperately needed assistance to storm victims, Senate Democrats are seeking to capitalize on the tragedy by paying off supporters back home under the guise of emergency aid.


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36 replies

  1. But of course thy are, Rat, it’s all they know how to do.

  2. There needs to be a cap, i.e. no more than 10% of an appropriations bill can contain pork. Ridiculous.

  3. As a card carrying Democrat, I’m starting to get worried. I’m finding myself agreeing with you more and more, Rat!!! On this one you definitely got it right. An emergency relief bill for Sandy victims should be just that and nothing more.

  4. There is and old joke. Funny I remember it now. If only we could really apply it to elected and government officials. It goes like this…Just at the moment when the dentist was leaning over towards his patient to start on her teeth, he was startled.
    “Excuse me, Miss, those are my testicles that you are holding.”
    “I know” she answered sweetly. “Let’s be very careful not to hurt each other…OK?”

  5. I am so sick of these people! It is absolutely disgusting! The hell of it is, they are going to get away with it. There is no one in D.C. that will stand up and do something! I am very rapidly losing what little faith I had left.

    • When I had my financial planning practice, I’d often work with the attorneys of my clients who were going through divorces. Their behavior when we were with our clients was completely different than it was when I was just with them. They’d often even laugh about how unreasonable their respective clients were.

      I’m beginning to think that’s exactly what goes on behind closed doors on D.C.

      • I suspect that you are very correct in that assumption Rat. They all get in front of a camera and say what they think we want to hear. When they’re off camera, it is more than likely a totally different story. I believe that every dang one of them is out for what they can do for themselves and to hell with this great country!

        • That’s why term limits make sense. The Founders never envisioned career politicians who get so drunk on power, they’ll do or say anything to hang on to it.

          • I’m now into day two of the “Cosmic Dawn.” So far nothing new has dawned on me relative how to bring about term limits. You know our recent history at attempting that. With the Supremes we have, and the ones we are likely to get, the congress we have and are likely to get, and the dependent constituents we have, with that number growing, Haven’t we sort of lost that “grip” mentioned above so as not to hurt each other?

          • Yeah, definitely no chance for a meaningful term limit discussion in the foreseeable future. Hell, if anything, the loons will try to “un-term-limit” the Chosen One.

  6. Believe it or not…first thought I had there..if call Constitutional Convention…what might be amended? Would it be “open season?” How many 4 year terms left for a person at age 51? 2016 Hillary be 69,Newt be 74, AND unit be, well unit be…whatever the good Lord gives him. :) Urge all… just hold the line as best we can and try to get a “grip.” In urging…how to urge?…following lawful law. Utilize all legal tax deductions and even benefits you as a worker and taxpayer are “entitled to”, you’ve worked for it…and keeps redistribution away from unentitled, the gimme’s. Hope “work for welfare” ended by E.O. can change when we get a “grip.”

  7. I do imagine. I don’t even want to relay my “headlong rush” into imagination of what’s up. With whose in charge…Obama, Hillary, Bill Clinton, Reid, Boehner, Soros, party establishment both parties..they all NWO adherents, Of course including all the Bush clan. So I don’t even want to as said, and won’t…there are plenty of sites to read about all that. We got what we got…still representive government with a chance to get a “grip.” If they got anything left to grip. Not balls matter anymore…afraid they sold out their souls, like poor Petraeus…how many pieces of silver or gold or however one values a little strange stuff did it take…and Boehner, whats O got on him? And dems won’t vote for cave-in man over some conservative?

    • Two disjointed thoughts come to mind:

      I find it interesting that each side accuses the other of wanting to bring about a NWO. Has happened for decades. Funny – and NOT.

      Also, I’m not nearly as fearful of O, Soros, Pelosi and Reid as I am of 51% of the American people.

      • Don’t forget your formula…25% the takers, 25% the givers, the 25% givers taking from the 50% makers to give the blessing of giving! Units ole dog Fido excreted his sentiments on a fireplug this morning, unit put his chewing gum on the bedpost over night. Only time will tell. Going to get interesting.

  8. Rat… it’s slowing down for the holidays… O is surfing in Hawaii, HE ordered congress to cool off, drink some koolaid, oops eggnog, oops no alcohol, and sing some carols, oops not allowed to sing at all in Islamabad. They just have to play there with that hole in their pocket. If it gets interesting to watch as we have said, I will be watching interesting. Interesting in our language may then becomes a noun…I watch interesting. Unit is just an adblub. :)

    • Yes, unit, it’s slowing down. Less visits to the Rat, today. Oh, well, I think he’ll survive. After all, his brain is still full of angst. Much to be said. Perhaps after the New Year.

      • Well, if your constitution allows…have a little real eggnog, or a beer Hillbilly recommends, and hum a carol beneath your breath, if you can’t really carry a tune any better than I can. Always keep a funny way of laughing through it all, cause we be here after new year!!! Can’t imagine we’re done now, but Merry Christmas to you, and yours and all readers and poster if that’s all folks. Rat Nation survives!!!

        • Rat will be here through Christmas Eve. Am going to post the poem you graced us with a couple of days back, unit. Touched me. And, I’m with you on the beer, my friend!

          • I think I told you…I don’t know who wrote the poem…sent to me by old friend, another unit type, him old Air Force vet. I checked my email and there is no name given as to who wrote it. It was done with one verse in black, next one red , next green, and so on…right on through. But when I copied or tried to forward, I could only get black, regular letters.

          • Have shared it with Facebook followers. Multiple “likes” and comments. Good stuff, unit.

      • Surprise Rat, it’s New Years Eve. Even though slowed down…still Clustrmap shows viewers coming everyday for insight on this day and each days events. With Napolitano, Sebelius, Sotomayor, Kagan and others…be a long time before say “it’s New Years Adam.” :) Happy New Year!

        • Happy New Year, unit – a day early.

          P.S. My “slowing down” comment was written before Christmas. :-D

          • I try to be a day early rather than a day late, and maybe not show up. Tried that excuse at last doctors visit…doc examined me for dementia. :) But I showed him my Florida Drivers License Eyetest results. Will email to you as this isn’t the place to post. He decided I passed, which I knew as I got new drivers license. Check your email @Ratblog51. :)

  9. Reblogged this on theconservativehillbilly and commented:
    53% of voters are good with this crap, and the rest of us, as always, get screwed!

  10. Reblogged this on News You May Have Missed and commented:
    Senate’s Hurricane Sandy ‘Emergency Relief’ Bill: Porkfest 2012

  11. anyone have the Senate breakdown of the vote? Where to find on internet. Maybe the House Repubs woll see to it to extrcate the 22 billion in senate pork!

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