$60 Billion Sandy Aid Package That Dems Insisted Was Urgent Has Only Had $700 Million Released
October 24, 2013  //  By:   //  Big Government, Democrats, New York, News  //  10 Comments

In December of last year, Senate Democrats urged House Republicans to pass a $60.4 billion aid package for victims of Hurricane Sandy.  It was urgent, they said.

Despite the package being riddled with unnecessary pork, Democrats like Chuck Schumer (NY) wanted House leaders to quickly bring the Senate bill to the chamber floor to allow a vote.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said, “Now that the Senate has acted … the House must do the same immediately.”

Immediately.  Quickly.  It was urgent, you see.

But now a report via the Associated Press indicates that only $700 million of the $60 billion aid package has been released.  That’s roughly 1.2% that  has been granted to aid in recovery from the devastation wrought by super storm Sandy.

Worse, even that fraction of money has not been distributed to victims.

Because the federal government has only released the first tranche — about $700 million — of the roughly $60 billion package of storm recovery aid approved by Congress, city officials say they still don’t know how much money they’ll be able to distribute to storm victims.

“We’ve made it clear to HUD that we need a lot more,” Holloway said.

24,000 families have requested aid thus far, a majority of which haven’t seen a penny nearly a year after the storm.

Back when Congress was still debating the aid package, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie howled that this is “why the American people hate Congress.” Now that the government has proven inept at distributing the aid, it’s safe to say this is an example of why the American people loathe government.  Period.

When Democrats were courting votes for the aid package, Pelosi stated that, “Our fellow Americans are waiting for relief to rebuild their homes, businesses, communities and lives.”

To nobody’s surprise, they’re still waiting.

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Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker, FoxNews.com, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

10 Comments to “$60 Billion Sandy Aid Package That Dems Insisted Was Urgent Has Only Had $700 Million Released”
  • drbage
    October 24, 2013 - Reply

    Crisis, real or created, necessitates trotting out human shields and victims so the Pelosis of the world can shed their crocodile tears. Harvest a bunch of money from the money trees at the Fed, create enough red tape and hoops, hoping that the victims will eventually give up and voila, you have created another slush fund just like Stimulus I, II, III etal

  • rambler
    October 24, 2013 - Reply

    Promises made for Sandy victims turned NJ voters toward reelecting Mr. Always there for a Photo! The reality was that after decades of poor state management and lack of damage from prior coastal storms, NJ was ill-prepared for dealing with any sizable damage. The response, on all levels, was dismal. Residents never entertained the possibility of having to be self-reliant. Abdicating that responsibility to gov at any level was going leave the residents with the short end of the stick. The gov is always going to be the last to arrive with the least amount of help. It used to be that states would have their own disaster plans with money set aside just for those disasters. Politicians these days can’t have a pile of money being saved for any reason when it can be spent to keep themselves in power. So the public needs to learn that they are on their own!

  • 1389AD
    October 25, 2013 - Reply

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