Today the House will finally vote on the long-delayed second half of a federal relief bill that allocates approximately $51 billion for damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy. Well, hopefully — a host of earmarks have made this package almost as emotional as the debate over the first part, and a laundry list of amendments might not make this as simple as helping still-reeling storm victims. (Update, 4:25 p.m.: It passed — the $17 billion part, anyway, with the $33 billion amendment set for a vote later in the evening.)
The bill funds a bunch of low-interest loan programs to help people reboot their businesses and provides block grants for a number of projects that will try to rebuild much of what Sandy destroyed. But, according to an array of conservative think tanks and politicians, the bill is just stuffed with "pork": provisions that have nothing to do with post-Sandy disaster relief. Here's what the Club for Growth wrote today, in bold lettering:
Disasters may be unpredictable, but we know with 100% certainty that they will occur. Therefore, Congress shouldn't keep passing massive "emergency" relief bills that aren't paid for, have little oversight, and are stuffed with pork.
And this morning the Heritage Foundation uploaded a dark video filled with foreboding music to its YouTube channel: