By Bill Wilson — It is disheartening and sad to see the House Rules Committee block many amendments that would have trimmed billions of pork from the hurricane disaster relief bill that had nothing to do with Hurricane Sandy.
That said, two amendments that did manage to get through the rules process offered by Representatives Mick Mulvaney and Rob Bishop merit passage. The Mulvaney amendment include $17 billion of offsetting discretionary spending cuts to pay for the main bill. The Bishop amendment would prohibit any more federal land grabs under the legislation.
Should the Mulvaney and Bishop amendments be adopted, then the entire legislation would merit passage. But if they are not added to the bill, Americans for Limited Government urges the House to vote no on this pork-laden, federal power grab.
There is no excuse for hiding behind families whose lives were destroyed by this hurricane to pass yet another wasteful, special interest bill. The process of using disaster relief to hand out favors to special interests is despicable and must be brought to an end. It is the sort of process the American people loathe and repudiated in 2010 when they brought House Republicans into the majority.
Bill Wilson is the President of Americans for Limited Government. You can follow Bill on Twitter at @BillWilsonALG.