UPDATE: Democrats wanted to be sure that our readers knew that the Democrats in the Colorado delegation voted for the pork-filled Frelinghuysen amendment that wouldn’t have helped Sandy victims for years, so as a favor to them, we’re correcting our error which gave their legislative judgment too much credit. You’re welcome.
When ColoradoPols penned an open letter to America about the devastation caused by the unusual flooding in Colorado, the letter started out…ok. And, then Pols took the opportunity to politicize this terrible tragedy by pointing out that Republicans voted against aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy. First, way to politicize a tragedy, you asshats. Rahm “Never Let a Tragedy Go to Waste” Emmanuel would be so proud. Second, it just ain’t true.
Let’s set the record straight. There were two pieces of legislation that made their way through Congress in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy – one that provided immediate aid to those who lost so much during this storm (the Rogers amendment) and another that was filled with pork spending that promised aid several years later (the Frelinghuysen amendment).
Here’s what the Rogers amendment offered: $17 billion in immediate assistance to victims of Hurricane Sandy by providing funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster relief fund, housing for those whose homes were destroyed, and funding for damaged infrastructure and transit systems. Rep. Gardner and the Republican Colorado delegation voted in favor of this amendment. To say that Republicans voted down immediate aid is a flat out lie.
Here’s what the Frelinghuysen amendment offered: an extra $33 billion, 80 percent of which would not be spent until after 2015, and much of which did not directly help Sandy victims. Here are some examples of the pork that was contained in the this amendment, according to the New York Post:
“The pork-barrel feast includes more than $8 million to buy cars and equipment for the Homeland Security and Justice departments. It also includes a whopping $150 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to dole out to fisheries in Alaska and $2 million for the Smithsonian Institution to repair museum roofs in DC.”
Yes, the funds were to be used even for a fishery in Alaska. We hope we don’t need to remind you, PeakNation™, that Alaska was not impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Gardner and the Colorado delegation rightly voted against that amendment.