Senate MAY Vote on Sandy Supplemental
Heritage Action is key voting against the Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Assistance, also known as the Sandy Supplemental. As we’ve noted, the problems with this bill are multiple: 1) It contains altogether too much spending; 2) the justifiable spending is not offset; and, 3) there are multiple items in the bill that should rightfully be considered in the upcoming budget.
According to sources on the Hill, later this afternoon it appears the Senate could vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the Reid substitute to H.R. 1, which has turned in to the legislative vehicle for the Supplemental Appropriations bill dealing with Hurricane Sandy disaster relief.
The problems with this bill have only multiplied.
According to recent changes in the Democratic supplemental, additional changes include making areas hit by Hurricane Isaac along the Gulf Coast eligible for funds from the Army Corps of Engineers as well as Community Development Fund increases from $100 million to $500 million to include for declared disasters other than Sandy from 2011 and 2012.
This trend not only continues the fact that this bill is not offset, but includes billions of dollars for extraneous measures not dealing with the actual needs of Hurricane Sandy victims. Heritage Action reaffirms its key vote against the Disaster Supplemental and will include it on our scorecard.