Disaster relief should not be political
It has been nearly three months since Hurricane Sandy hit Americas east coast, causing an estimated $62 billion in damages, killing 149 people.
While those affected by the storm try to regain structure and hope in their lives, Congress is busyarguing over a bill that would add necessary funds to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other disaster reliefprograms.
It is sad that Americashostile political climate has come to such a stalemate that even disaster relief is not free from political drama.
Though a similar relief bill passed through the Senate late last year, House Speaker John Boehner adjourned the 112th congress before the bill could be voted on. Now the secondround of the more than $50 billion legislation is
getting stark reviews from conservative lawmakers for appropriating too much andfrom Northeastern Republicans for taking too long to aid their storm-ridden constituents.
The problem with enacting an appropriation bill like this one is that too often the bills are nicknamed and recognized by characteristics that are only a part of the overall bill.
H.R. 41, or the Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill, appropriates a total of $50.7 billion, not including the $9.7 billion that was already cleared through Congress last week to fund FEMA efforts, before it ispresented to congress for
Of the $50.7 billion in spending only around $20 billion will go to FEMA and the northeastern states affected by Sandy. The rest of the bills proposed spending includes various other disaster aversion and relief efforts that date back to even Hurricane Katrina from 2005. While the additional spending can be viewed as helpful and even necessary, the debate over funding for such endeavors
If the short history of the113th congress is any indicator, then it is possible that a consensus on how to spend and how much to spend on disaster relief could take weeks or even months like last weeks fiscal cliff negotiations. All the while, thousands of Americans are waiting with demolished homes and flooded neighborhoods, waiting for the bureaucratic nightmare that is democracy to act.
There is no doubt that the nations fiscal situation is far from ideal. The government has accumulated an enormous deficit and it will take strong leadership and possibly luck to recover from it. There is no hope in relying on the constant bickering and misunderstanding that has resulted in very little getting done in Washington.
America has a moral obligation to stand up for those who have been affected by disaster, but it will fail that obligation if it continues to allow partisan politics to be a hindrance.
Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly
More usforacle News Articles
Recent usforacle News Articles
Discuss This Article
MOST POPULAR USFORACLE
GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY
FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER
LATEST USFORACLE NEWS
- AAC Player of the Year removed from USF softball
- Ethics committee opens investigation of SG president
- Student bands get chance for the big stage
- First all-ticket presidential debate brings calls for change
- The threat of empty promises
- Bulls enter critical final stretch
- Tampa design firm urges city to play
FROM AROUND THE WEB
- Protecting Seniors Online from Scams, Hacks and Tax Fraud
- Rehydrating for Optimal Health
- Five Reasons You Need Cell Phone Insurance Now
- The One Super Bowl Fact You Still May Not Know
- Companies Are Discovering That Pittsburgh Is Good for...
- Millennials Go House Hunting, and Here's What They Crave
- Estate Plans: You're Not Doing Anyone a Favor by Avoiding...
- What Would You Have to Give Up to Pay for An Unexpected...
- Four Tips to Keep Your Kids' Teeth Healthy And Clean
- Local Community Newspapers Go Digital
COLLEGE PRESS RELEASES
- N. American Effie Awards Announces 2017 Collegiate Effie Competition
- Students Increasingly Turn To GoFundMe To Pay For College
- O2 BARS: LATEST RAGE AT COLLEGE DE-STRESS, SOCIAL, & WELLNESS EVENTS
- Deadline Approaching for Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants
- ESA Foundation launches 2017-18 Scholarship Program