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Gosar, Schweikert issue statements on Sandy pork bill

Posted: January 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm   /   by

Rep. Paul Gosar Issues Statement on Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S (R – AZ) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted 241-180 to pass The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (H.R. 152).

“I strongly support rebuilding our communities after natural disasters, and I am more than willing to support the people and businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy, but that would not take over $50 billion taxpayer dollars. I refuse to vote for a bill stuffed with pork but sold as aid for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. We owe it to the taxpayers.”

Rep. Gosar continued, “It seems the Democrats and their big-government allies continue to legislate by the mantra set forth by President Obama’s Former Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, who said, ‘Never let a crisis go to waste.’ These big spenders are intent on using this crisis to increase money on projects that have absolutely nothing to do with the damage Hurricane Sandy caused. Taxpayers and those in the affected areas need to know that recovery money is going toward recovery.”



Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ) released the following statement Wednesday after his vote against H.R. 152, The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act 2013:

“Sadly, as happens so often in Washington, the debate surrounding Sandy disaster relief funding was misleading at best and rhetorically false at worst.

“This $50.7 billion bill was packed with pork and pet projects unrelated to disaster spending without the foresight necessary to determine how we could begin to pay for this new spending.

“Nearly 80 percent of the final spending total will not be used for years.

“Helping our fellow citizens in need is important, but that must be coupled with, as President Obama says, ‘shared sacrifice.’ When we spend money to assist with disasters, as we should, we must find money elsewhere in our budget to pay for it.

“There must be a much more responsible path forward for disaster relief funding that does not add billions more to our debt and compound our problems.

“Unfortunately, Washington did not take that path.”


Here’s Tom McClintock taking waste in the bill and Governor Chris Christie last week: