I had a devil of a time finding the Sandy relief measure that the Senate passed on 28-Dec-2012. I believe it is the Senate amendment to HR1, “Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011.” *
Paul Ryan said the bill was “packed with funding for unrelated items, such as commercial fisheries in American Samoa and roof repair of museums in Washington, D.C.” The measure is for $60.4 Billion, the amount for fisheries is $150 million or 0.25% and the amount for the Smithsonian is $200 million (for salaries and expenses) or 0.33%, both together less than one percent of the total bill.
The only other items I found that might be called “pork” were for the US Army Corps of Engineers:
$50 million (0.083%) “… to expedite studies of flood and storm damage reduction related natural disasters” of which $35 million must be devoted to areas impacted by Hurricanes Sandy and Issac and $3.461 Billion (5.73%) “… for ‘Construction’ to rehabilitate, repair and construct U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects related to the consequences of natural disasters” of which $2.902 billion must go to areas affected by either Sandy or Issac.
Total: less than 6.5% of the amount appropriated.
@ mary mapes – you said, “most of it pork”
@Teacher’s POV – you said, “It was insanely pork riddled, with the majority not even going to Sandy relief.”
If this is the wrong bill (how many Sandy relief bills did the Senate pass on 28-Dec?), find the right one and quote the portions of the bill that prove your assertions. Assuming this is the correct bill, by my calculations, less than 7% hardly constitutes, “most” of anything. Of course, it IS a long document (100 pages) so I could have missed some stuff. Happy hunting!
The words “American Samoa,” and museum do not appear in the amendments.
The only reference to “Smithsonian” is, in Title VII, OTHER RELATED AGENCY, Smithsonian Institution, Salaries and expenses, “For an additional amount for ‘Salaries and Expenses’ for necessary expenses related to the consequences of Hurricane Sandy, $2,000,000, to remain available until expended:”
The only reference to fisheries is Title II, Section 5, “$150,000,000, for necessary expenses related to fishery disasters as declared by the Secretary of Commerce in calendar year 2012:”
The only reference to Washington, DC, is in Title XI, GENERAL PROVISIONS THIS ACT, Vehicles use in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Sec. 1106. (a) Report.- “… the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security shall identify and relocate any vehicles currently based at the Washington, D.C., headquarters of such agencies used for non-operational purposes to replace vehicles of those agencies damaged by Hurricane Sandy.”
The only reference to Alaska is, (c) Indian Tribal Government Requests.- (3) Definitions. DEFINITIONS.—”Section 102 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5122) is amended—(C) by inserting after paragraph (5) the following: (6) The term ‘Indian tribal government’ means the governing body of any Indian or Alaska Native tribe, band, nation, pueblo, village, or community that the Secretary of the Interior acknowledges to exist as an Indian tribe under the Federally Recognized Indian Tribe List Act of 1994 (25 U.S.C. 479a et seq.).”