Here is the al.com story about why Mo Brooks voted against the Hurricane Sandy relief bill on January 4.
Among other things, Mr. Brooks said,
“It is a flawed process when freshmen congressmen who were sworn in (Thursday) are asked to approve $9 billion in spending of money that we don’t have, without committee hearings or anything else that would help us make an informed decision.”
He also said,
“This is not the way to do the people’s business … The financially responsible way to fund this disaster relief is by shifting spending from lower priority items to higher priority items. In this case, Washington was financially irresponsible because all it did was agree to borrow $9 billion more that we don’t have and cannot afford.”
Mr. Brooks also questioned why the federal government is in the business of insuring beach front property.
Sadly, the rest of the Alabama House delegation voted for the bill which passed 354-67 . It also passed the Senate on a voice vote.
The next vote on Hurricane Sandy relief will be on January 15 when a $51 billion proposal will be considered.
This spending may not be appropriate and it certainly is not affordable. If Congress approves more spending on Hurricane Sandy relief it should also include spending offsets so the US debt does not increase. In a budget of nearly $4 trillion this ought to be easy to do.
Our Alabama Congressional delegation is not as conservative as they would have you believe. Don’t be shy in encouraging them to do the right thing.
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