AFP Senate Key Vote: Oppose the Sandy Relief Bill, H.R. 152

January 28, 2013

Dear Senators:

On behalf of more than two million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I urge you to oppose the Hurricane Sandy disaster-aid supplemental, H.R. 152. The bill has serious policy and procedural problems.

Unless the legislation is fully offset with other spending reductions, I urge you to vote NO on the Hurricane Sandy disaster-aid supplemental, H.R. 152. Americans for Prosperity will include this vote in our congressional scorecard.

Due to its dubious “emergency” designation, the $50.5 billion package includes tens of billions in spending that won’t count toward the discretionary spending caps established in the Budget Control Act. This creates an incentive for members to load the legislation with their pet spending projects, many of which are unrelated to Hurricane Sandy relief. This process not only mocks the spending caps but undermines the rationale for the relief bill in the first place. These projects should be considered in separate legislation and they should count toward the spending caps.

Also included in the bill is nearly $13 billion in mitigation projects to “reduce the risk from future disasters.” While these projects may be worthwhile, they are not related to providing immediate relief for Hurricane Sandy victims and should be considered separately in the normal appropriations process.

Unless the legislation is fully offset with other spending reductions, I urge you to vote NO on the Hurricane Sandy disaster-aid supplemental, H.R. 152. Americans for Prosperity will include this vote in our congressional scorecard.

Sincerely,

James Valvo
Director of Policy
Americans for Prosperity

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