The House of Representatives has passed the rest of the bill offering financial relief to Sandy Victims. Members voted in favor of an amendment written by lawmakers from New York and New Jersey for $33.7 billion, which provides funding for long term mitigation efforts. They´d already approved a bare-bones measure for $17 billion. The bare-bones $17 billion bill that passed by a 327-91 vote bolsters FEMA´s Disaster Relief Fund and provides money to transit and housing recovery, as well as other immediate needs like certain Army Corp of Engineer projects.
The $60 billion Sandy & Whatever Relief measures consume most if not all of the first year´s increased tax on the $400,000 earners passed in crisis mode just two weeks ago. But as a House member notes, no one really cares about cliffs::
"Yesterday the rules committee was presented with almost 100 amendments for inclusion in today´s bill. More than 40 of those 100 amendments proposed to cut, to hinder and to offset the aid that´s contained in today´s bill," said Rep. Louise Slaughter, a Democrat from New York State.
I´d say 17 billion can provide a lot of cover for the homeless as it snows if the correct priorities are set. The hurricane that devastated Florida only received 7 billion in aid to rebuild years ago and that looked a lot like Sandy.
Persons suffering under the devastation of hurricane Sandy are soon to receive an education of how ineffective the Feds are. This aid money will take forever to disburse and will go to the most hare-brained nonsense imaginable. The money will not go where it is needed, but to the well-connected. Sadly, your problems will not be over until you solve them yourselves. Take it from one who´s been there, done that, and had that done to them.
I´m not glad that a bunch of politicians (yes, christie and king, I´m looking at you, among others)got their pork. Looks like the house republicans are just part of the obama/dems kabuki theater. Gutless cowards. Did they strip out ANY pork? Vote the bums out.
Those that DID have flood insurance, those that paid the premiums for years.. should THEY be allowed to be paid on their legimate claims? FEMA took their premium money, where did IT go? Well, then FEMA had to be formally funded.. all the rest should have been allocated one by one, slowly and carefully.
Finally the cold hard fact is there for anyone to see who cares to take off the blinders: With the passage of this pork laden travesty and with the passage of the "Fiscal Crap" bill which raised taxes on just about every working citizen, the Republican Party has finally come out and become the "center" wing of the democrat party. So now the communists and Dictator Obama have take over the democrat party, the Supreme Court (thanks Chief Injustice Roberts), and now the Republican Party. Freedom loving Americans now have absolutely no say at all at the Federal Level of government. The Republican Party needs to go the way of the Whig Party which precede it.
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Mr. Hanky, 1/16/2013 10:15:01 AM (No. 9119720)
The aid will take forever to disburse and go to a million things not even involved in the emergency. People will suffer all kinds of red tape before even beginning to repair their homes. FEMA as usual but not a hint of blame for President "I´m going to a taxpayer vacation" Obama.
I always wondered how these distributions work. Does the $31 billion go to a half-dozen banks? Is there an application process.Is there a deductible. OR are there govt officlas standing on street corners with bank-sacks yelling "curb-service"? The whole thing seems chaotic and vague. Isn´t possibe that some or a lot of the money is skimmed? No offence, but the huge amounts without a structure, makes one suspicious. Also there is no budget so where is this coming from. If the USA follows double-entry bookeeping, then there should be debit and credit type entries. Also there are all these rules for the borrowers on a mtg now, like no more than 43% of yr income goes to a mortgage.(which means a lot of people won´t get buy a house; THEY decide their finances). But where is the limit on the Governments´ borrowing?
Look at the photos-homeless weeping and the destroyed "homes" with no foundations or stone structure. Like the 9/11 memorial taxpayer moey gng to crooks and back to politicians. Turn on the tears and rob them. Bad things happen to everyone and very bad things happen to some.
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