Sandy relief bill filled with expensive pet project funding

Radar image of Hurricane SandyRepublican Representative Harold Rogers has introduced a $17 billion so-called “Hurricane Sandy Recovery” bill (H.R. 152) that would provide federal funding to the victims of the devastating hurricane that ravaged the northeast late last year.  Unfortunately, the bill contains hundreds of millions of unrelated spending on pet projects aimed at keeping career politicians gainfully employed.

According to an analysis from Taxpayers for Common Sense, the bill contains intentionally generalized language that effectively lets large portions of the relief fund get diverted into spending virtually anywhere, amounting to another slush fund for political initiatives.

For example, TCS writes:

“$150M for Interior expenses related to Sandy or other activities related to storms and natural disasters avail until expended; funds to restore and rebuild parks, refuges, public assets; increase resiliency of coastal habitat and infrastructure; protect natural and cultural values; this money can go anywhere in the department (seems like a slush fund).”

“$921M for federal-aid highways (does not appear to be trust fund related).”

“$821 million for Operation & Maintenance funding to dredge federal channels and repair corps projects NATIONWIDE related to natural disasters (very likely to go to Mississippi River dredging in the St. Louis area).”

Read TCS’s complete analysis of the legislation: http://www.taxpayers.org/library/article/brief-analysis-of-selected-provisions-in-proposed-senate-supplemental-appro.