Who's to blame for playing politics with Sandy victims?
Limited relief bill favored over larger aid package stuffed with earmarks
- Duration 10:45
- Date Jan 4, 2013
Limited relief bill favored over larger aid package stuffed with earmarks
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And tied the victims of super storm sandy are being exploited they've been forgotten about and they're being pushed aside by greedy out of touch Washington lawmakers because.
As of this very hour a full relief package has yet to be approved by the US congress.
And you're about to find out why here's the very latest now earlier today the House of Representatives.
They passed one very limited portion of the sandy relief package.
That only totaled seven point nine billion or nine point seven billion dollars to help pay for flood insurance claims however.
The other part of the package which totals more than 51 billion dollars well that now remains on hold until January the fifteenth.
Now here's why.
Now back in December the senate passed a sixty billion dollar disaster relief -- but because the bill was -- loaded with outrageous non storm related pork.
The GOP leadership they had to pull it.
Now some of the more outrageous examples of pet projects that Harry Reid in the democratically controlled senate put into this bill let's see a 150 million dollars for.
Fishery disaster is in places like Mississippi and Alaska.
Now somebody correct me if I'm wrong but I don't think Alaska was affected by hurricane sandy.
-- 20000 dollars let's see for new car for the Department of Justice inspector general.
Two million dollars to fix museum roof tops in DC public this is only few of the items but there's another aspect of the story that we need to talk about.
Now throughout all of the blatant politicizing.
While our fearless president he's remained silent.
But as it's funny during the several photo -- said he promised the victims he is going to be there for them you may remember that's.
We are here for you.
And we will not forget we will follow up to make sure that you get all the help that you need.
Until you rebuild we are not gonna tolerate red tape we're not gonna tolerate -- Grocery.
And I was the president when politics mattered that was our -- a leader in how we sounded when he was on the campaign trail.
But -- millions of dollars still waiting for help of millions of people whereas Obama now.
He's on vacation.
Is -- this family he's eating ice cream in snow -- he's hitting the Jimmy's going surfing.
The basketball court.
Golfing with friends and he's doing this as the victims wait for him to make good on his -- now in a moment you're gonna hear from one of those New York residents.
Joining me first -- an update on where things stand -- this dysfunctional congress is.
Virginia congressman Randy Forbes in South Carolina congressman trade -- guys well -- program.
Thank you -- straight to be with -- -- congressman Gary how much actual pork.
Was in the senate -- how much in terms of total dollars.
Me the bill that we're gonna vote on January 15 well at least half of it.
Not what we did today but what's coming golf is is the pork -- and bill in about half above it.
Here's what you described.
By its fisheries in Mississippi I I know sandy was big but I don't think -- hit Alaska and I'm positive it didn't hit.
Mississippi course for the Department of Justice.
Rooftops in the District of Columbia about half of what Harry Reid calls an emergency.
Now this is obviously an abuse of power by the Democrats why do you think congressman that they did -- A because they can't.
Because nobody calls a model because but most of those who voted no today for racist because we have the unmitigated temerity to ask for an offset.
The frankly Governor Christie 20 loss to bully and Brayton and badger people end -- into passing a bill no matter how pork -- videos.
We're sixteen trillion dollars in debt and I don't think it's asking too much.
That we find it all set that we find ways -- abuse duplicative programming something to pay.
For this non billion dollars that we spent today instead of mortgaging.
The future of our kids I don't think that's too much that.
I don't think it's still I don't first of all they should've moved quicker than us as the president promised he would do.
And secondly I don't think that that the people of the rock -- in Long Beach and and New Jersey in the Jersey Shore and spent not probably they they deserve to be put in the middle of a political football here congressman Forbes.
In other words there -- and held up there being used.
And abused in this process because congress they're looking to get any spare change -- they can get out of the taxpayers and and it's non sandy related it's not fair to the people that are victims here.
We'll shine absolutely and one of the things about and try and I both agree on and on that you do is that the number one priority we ought to have here are the needs of the victims.
Not the needs of these senators.
And what we're finding here is the process that they use they have the same crisis playbook every -- And here's the way it works senator -- one person in the senate let's -- clock run Danny keeps a sound that play clock.
And when there's a few seconds left he calls time out he huddles with a few senators and they ask what can we get out of this bill.
And then they throw that in there and they try to shut it down the throats of the American people.
And that's what they tried to do in this particular situation and Sean is not just the -- we found in there we found that about 64%.
Of all of this bill.
Couldn't be done not just in two days or two weeks it could be done in two years he and yet they don't -- -- even give the American people time to read the bill.
To make sure we get those offsets the -- talked about you.
Rihanna and I saw the outrage tonight congressman king is a friend of mine and development -- felt.
Congressman -- in -- of mine and and Chris Christie I understand is outraged they're looking out for their constituents I get that.
But the reality here they should be mad -- senate Democrats for using.
This tragedy to take more money at a time when our country's bankrupt do you agree with that analysis.
I think absolutely I think what we saw is a bunch of people going to podiums pound -- on the podium sometimes they were crying sometime they were acting emotional about this situation.
But what they weren't really saying is this this still comes down with literally minutes to be able to review the bill.
You've got as -- -- we've got so much -- that's Lleyton on here when we've already got past sixteen trillion dollar debt.
And they don't want me to give people time to review the bill and pull this out I think that's just wrong I'm glad the speaker pulled this we did what we needed to do today we got -- funding we needed for the off flood insurance program will come back on the fifteenth and meet the need of the victims but not the need of these other senators have been just too greedy in this whole process.
All right congressman thank you both for what you do in here this is really unfair to people that have paid their taxes.
This is not been done every other state and now they're waiting three times as long as any other victim.
And speaking of which joining us now is a victim of super -- sandy and that is a residence that -- Scott McGrath.
You've you've been a become a pretty big spokes person for the people -- in your community.
What is your reaction to the fact that they're trying to load up this bill with pork and it's now delaying your ability to get the -- that you guys obviously -- -- If Troy Percival looked totally wrong you know -- They didn't -- it to the other victims of the other storms in the past Katrina Katrina.
There was and you about the ones unbroken line to peace.
You know everybody was you know they went after George Bush and they attacked him -- Nixon to be held accountable.
Are not what the president.
The president and I spoke face to face is meaningless sitting here today I had video this video right there -- the president right exactly and and he told you.
Paid till I first told them listen -- the president.
I said you have lied to the American people and to the middle class.
And the X and what do I mean by -- I said unassailable -- -- the usage you gonna cut the red tape.
You haven't caught the red tape he says no no no -- worked for me and I'm gonna show you the red -- going to be cut.
With two months later and the red -- gonna be cut.
There and he gave me with Parcells saw apes or talked.
Well Bobby schmuck.
Nicholson when they and I talked to -- I had couple letters with them.
And Bobby doesn't talk too much -- -- missed -- Smart does he -- I was upset tonight I shouldn't be talked about the present its -- really -- really is named.
Yes -- this and -- I don't know I didn't I don't know the guy.
It's his name I got -- -- at home but none of -- business talk and I told them by email them we did speak with FEMA.
Came -- now format of fact I have.
Thought adult people living in my home all uses his heart he just got a heat back not just heat and electric just came back on tools -- prepared so you and you and you -- it yourself.
Not -- Kansas City program but everything else we in my -- from -- everything apart and rebuild and ourselves because it's a gimmick and collect what I -- -- -- fever earlier.
I -- to feel about -- and they call one of my cause violent current of the insurance.
FEMA told around the turn to me and said.
Why do you need three cause.
Hello the American dream is dead -- -- but by what I want is a middle class less less work.
What do you -- to say the president to night in light of all of us.
I want you to come back to my address on Staten Island -- -- -- president and any other politician.
And tell me to Mike -- Why you're putting this -- in this bill and not help an office of victims in the middle class.
Old -- that this was some other every.
Hello cliff area big help in them.
But it's the middle class working people that keep getting the finger he -- with the president.
You know my address are welcome new any -- politician.
To come to my home.
Tell me great stuff.
States that's why this port isn't there why are and what you're doing to help the victims -- sandy.
Don't don't don't -- media don't go to anybody else.
Com to my house on Staten Island.
Then you come face to face that -- local politician Mike Mike -- enough there hasn't even come out and said one word.
The support to victims he -- -- -- Albany in his room.
Nice to want for the holidays there has not come out to help the people -- -- New York.
I hope you get that what you deserve it's every other areas and help.
Thank you for me wanted to wish you and everybody that's been the -- -- the best thank you thank you.