Monday, April 23, 2018
Letters To The Editor

Sandy relief bill loaded with pork

Nugent's "no' vote a troubling sign | Jan. 20, letter

Sandy relief bill loaded with pork

The Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill is loaded with pork that has nothing to do with any relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Some 80 percent of the bill's funds will be spent after 2013. The baseline relief in the bill is $17 billion, on top of the $9.7 billion already passed by the House on Jan. 4

More than $33 billion of the bill is nothing but pure pork. And of course there is no offset reduction in spending elsewhere to cover the cost of this bill. The bill allocates billions to dozens of federal agencies, including the National Park Service, the Smithsonian, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Secret Service, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Of the 180 "no'' votes, 179 were Republican, including Rep. Nugent. Only one Democrat voted against it. The letter writer considers this "no'' vote by Rep. Nugent as a demonstration "that he no longer possesses common sense or any sense of compassion for his fellow man" who "no longer represents the hard-working common man in his district."

Seriously, you've got to be kidding. Rep. Nugent's vote absolutely represents common sense and the common man! This bill is just another shameful piece of un-paid for legislation crammed down our throats by Congress. Anyone who voted for this pork-laden bill should be ashamed. And now we'll have to borrow more money from China to pay for it, thus increasing the never-ending annual trillion dollar deficits and growing $16.5 trillion national debt of the Obama administration.

Rep. Nugent, contrary to the letter writer's opinion, does in fact possess the independence to make his own judgement. He votes his independence, not his party lines. He votes what is best for his constituents, even the ill-informed constituents, as well as what is best for the country.

Frank S. Fischer, Spring Hill

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