Sandy Relief Scuttled

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The $60 billion emergency legislation to help New York, New Jersey and Connecticut rebuild and repair after Storm Sandy is apparently dead now that the House won\’t take up the bill. It will be up to the next Congress, which convenes Thursday, to take up the matter.

A few reactions:

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro called it \”simply shameful\” in a late night tweet: \”Sudden GOP decision to block Sandy relief is unprecedented affront to victims in need.\”

U.S. Rep. John Larson: \”I am deeply disappointed in the Republican Leaders decision.  Thousands of Americans in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York are struggling to recover from the most destructive storm to hit the East Coast in more than 80 years.  The American people deserve the assurance that when disaster strikes, their government will be there to provide the assistance needed to rebuild and recover.  Unfortunately, the Republican Leaders have proven that this is not the case … Earlier this week, the Senate approved a bipartisan measure that would provide the funding needed for our states to recover.  The House has an obligation to consider that legislation, and the Republican leadership\’s decision not to is deeply disappointing.

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes tweeted that he \”can\’t belief House is adjourning without Sandy vote.\”

U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney: “The House GOP\’s decision in the middle of the night to skip a critical vote on Hurricane Sandy relief kills any help for Connecticut, New Jersey and New York this Congress. The Senate acted, and the House should too. It will take months to reset a vote on the floor—months of delay Connecticut can\’t afford.”

John Henry Decker,  the GOP hopeful in the 1st last year, wouldn\’t have been on board: \”it\’s filled with pork and earmarks,\’\’ he tweeted.

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12 thoughts on “Sandy Relief Scuttled

  1. johngaltwhereru

    Surprise, Surprise,

    No specifics on this bill having billions of dollars of spending on things that had nothing to do with Sandy.

    Unless, of course, Sandy caused a need for millions of dollars to be spent on Alaskan Fisheries. Unless the millions of dollars to be spent on damage to the Smithsonian that occurred prior to Sandy.

    Why no mention of Darrell Issa’s quote that if the bill is stripped down to the $27 Billion that is actually allocated to CT, NY and NJ for actual Sandy relief, the bill will pass?

    1. Kim

      Rick doesn’t mention Darrell Issa’s quote because it doesn’t fit his agenda. I think objective observers all understand Rick’s bias and it’s power over his ‘reporting’.

  2. Da Troof

    Lets try again Rick.

    There go those nasty Republicans again, stripping out the pork from the bill and trying to find a way to pay for it besides printing more money.

    Are we ever going to face our reality that we’re borrowing 40 cents on every federal dollar we spend? Or will Dear Leader Obama just keep spending until the dollar collapses?

  3. Richard

    The Red States block money to the Blue States? The Democrats funnel the money to the Virginias, Iowas and Ohios instead of to the devoted Blue Droids of the North East? What else is new?

    Where’s that “Race to the top Money” and the Federal infusion into the CT economy? Replaced by Malloy’s “Race to the Bottom while robbing the Suburb” awards?

    And that Sandy Money? Bwaah Haaah Haaah.

    And that new $400 million Hospital in Waterbury? How did those improvements in health care and the new construction jobs fly South? Over a 70s-era Weenie Roast that someone took too seriously and created a Commission?

  4. Mike Robinson

    “I’m saying right now, anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to Congressional Republicans is out of their minds,” Representative Peter T. King, a Long Island Republican, said during an interview on CNN on Wednesday morning. “Because what they did last night was put a knife in the back of New Yorkers and New Jerseyans. It was an absolute disgrace.”

    And Representative Michael G. Grimm, a Republican from Staten Island, said the failure to vote was a “betrayal.” He urged that action be taken as soon as possible.

    1. Da Troof

      That’s right Mike. While we’re bankrupting this country, what’s another $60B we don’t have, right? Even Republicans have to belly up to the bar to get free stuff.

      This country is doomed if we don’t change our ways.

    2. Kim

      Could Mike be a ghost-writer for Rick Green? Just asking, is all. Both display legendary objectivity and full-disclosure-reporting abilities

  5. JBlock

    C’mon people you are asking Rick to do his homework. That would make his reporting somewhat respectable. But he takes the easy (and lazy) way out by just grabbing quotes that simply blame Republicans. Great journalism Rick…do you have to go to school for that?

  6. John Henry Decker

    Rick–

    A I realize you pulled my comment above from what I tweeted. My response was to Chris Licata’s (Rep. Larson’s former Campaign Manager) own tweet that stated ” House GOP is putting screws to NY/NJ/CT because they are blue states.”

    Simply, I answered him “No Chris it’s filled with pork & earmarks.” What I further explained to him, and you, in a follow-up tweet was that had our politicians not loaded up the Sandy Relief Bill with “pork & earmarks” it would have sailed through. But instead it became bloated with subsidies for Amtrak, Alaskan Fisheries, EPA, and a long list of others unrelated to Diaster relief. In fact, the subsidies ($33Bil) are greater than the relief ($27Bil). Thus, an important and necessary relief bill for Connecticut (NY & NJ, too) failed because of the bloat added along the way.

    Thus, I wasn’t against aid and relief for our state, but was disgusted and frustrated by the earmarks added which prevented its passage and penalized us here in Connecticut.

  7. John Henry Decker

    Rick-

    I realize you pulled my comment above from what I tweeted. My response was to Chris Licata’s (Rep. Larson’s former Campaign Manager) own tweet that stated ”House GOP is putting screws to NY/NJ/CT because they are blue states.”

    Simply, I answered him “No Chris it’s filled with pork & earmarks.” What I further explained to him, and you, in a follow-up tweet was that had our politicians not loaded up the Sandy Relief Bill with “pork & earmarks” it would have sailed through. But instead it became bloated with subsidies for Amtrak, Alaskan Fisheries, EPA, and a long list of others unrelated to Diaster relief. In fact, the subsidies ($33Bil) are greater than the relief ($27Bil). Thus, an important and necessary relief bill for Connecticut (NY & NJ, too) failed because of the bloat added along the way.

    Thus, I wasn’t against aid and relief for our state, but was disgusted and frustrated by the earmarks added which prevented its passage and penalized us here in Connecticut.

    Thank you and Happy New Year!
    JD

  8. MAGNUSSEN

    Let’s see, no mention of the pork in all these articles of Multi-millionare Democrats expressing outrage.

    Hrmm, funny no?

  9. Kim

    It’s a testimony to how little Washington expects of itself – and how little it seems to feel it owes the electorate – that the nation’s capital erupted in self-congratulation upon announcing New Year’s Day that the fiscal cliff had been (at least partially) avoided.

    Let’s pull back a moment from all the breathless drama of the past few weeks and consider this development in a broader context. What did federal lawmakers actually accomplish? They managed, at the 11th hour, to avert a trap they set for themselves nearly 18 months ago, when the deal to raise the debt ceiling set up the contours for the fiscal cliff.

    And what are the fruits of this stitch in time? The nation will endure its first major income tax increase in two decades, at a time when the economy is still in the doldrums. Taxes on capital gains and dividends go up, decreasing the incentives for investment. The estate tax will also increase, meaning that Washington will confiscate a larger share of some families’ legacies upon the death of their patriarchs or matriarchs.

    What’s more notable, however, is what this agreement doesn’t do. It does not address the twin causes of our current economic malaise: excessive spending and insufficient economic growth.

    This deal implicitly accepts President Obama’s premise that extracting more money from the wealthy is sufficient to meet our current challenges. And with Mr. Obama hinting that even more tax increases may be just around the corner, our hopes for an impending economic renaissance are at risk.

    The above is excerpt form an Editorial in the Orange County Register:
    http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/tax-382330-deal-economic.html

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