John Boehner got some unexpected support today over his off-again, on-again approach to the Hurricane Sandy relief bill. Boehner has pledged to allow a vote on both bills, which probably saved his speakership, but not until after getting publicly blasted by fellow Republicans Chris Christie and Peter King. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told a radio audience today that the ire was misdirected — and should have been aimed at legislators that exploited a crisis to fund their own hobby horses.Rep Paul Ryan had made the similar point earlier and criticized the original bill for being packed with:
funding for unrelated items, such as commercial fisheries in American Samoa and roof repair of museums in Washington, D.C.”
Only allowing a vote on the $9.7 Billion portion that goes directly to Fema to pay claims on federal flood insurance policies was the correct way to go.
American Majority Action Spokesman Ron Meyer had this to say about the Pork Filled Bill:
“Why was this in the emergency bill for Sandy? It doesn’t make any sense. Only $1 out of every $6 — $9 billion of the $60 billion will be spent in 2013. That means 85 percent doesn't come until 2014 and beyond. That’s not immediate relief. What this bill is fundamentally is a pork bill. It’s disgraceful to load a bill like this that has good motives, that has good intentions that is going to help people, with pork. Why are you putting your own projects in it. It’s disgraceful. It’s typical of Washington.”So I guess folks like Peter King and serial loud mouth Chris Christie owe Speaker Boehner an appology for jumping the shark when Boehner didn't bring the bill up for a vote last week.
View Charles Krauthammer's take Here: