Alaskan Senator Proud that $200 MM of the Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill is Going to Alaska. No Hurricanes in Alaska.

If the taxpayer is ponying up to pay for the rebuild in New York and New Jersey post Hurricane Sandy, it only makes sense that a state on the other side of the continent get hundreds of millions of dollars of that relief.

(From The Weekly Standard)

Alaskans hard hit by fisheries disasters in recent years would be eligible for federal assistance, if a comprehensive federal disaster funding bill released today gains final Congressional passage. U.S. Senator Mark Begich joined the other members of Alaska’s congressional delegation in requesting the funding for Alaskans be included in the legislation, which also addresses the recent Superstorm Sandy which devastated the U.S. East Coast.

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"Senator 'Pleased' to Include $200 Million in Pork Projects in 'Sandy Bill.'" 2012-12-17.

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22 comments
Curtis Owens
Curtis Owens

this is the sort of BS that astounds me in politics. Anything that is not related should be in separate bills and owe me ones.

Dave Tudor
Dave Tudor

All of them in Alaska except Palin are that aren't they?

Mark S. Queen
Mark S. Queen

Begich comes from a long line of money grubbing politicians

Dave Tudor
Dave Tudor

This is an emergency appropriation. The emergency in Alaska is over.

Dave Tudor
Dave Tudor

This request should be amended out of the bill for Hurricane Sandy relief in the House, then amended into the big Fiscal Cliff bill.

Larry G. Kilmer
Larry G. Kilmer

This is the reason we are in debt. Bills with added pork are the money drains of this country.

Pauline Dion
Pauline Dion

We should be outraged every time they sneak one bill in with another. Not right and is sneaky and underhanded. if it stands on its own two feet then so be it....

Aidan Haggerty
Aidan Haggerty

The disaster was in the Northeast/ New England and they're sending money to Alaska?!?!?!? Corruption at its finest...

Sandy Drapeau
Sandy Drapeau

where's palin, dontcha know, get her nasty ass out and she can clean alaska up

Charles Massey
Charles Massey

Cut to the chase - no pork - cut it out - grease the pig so it cannot be caught for every bill

Sandy Drapeau
Sandy Drapeau

so alaska needs money, too fuckin bad, it's all the pork and worms to go with it!

Sandy Drapeau
Sandy Drapeau

my name being sandy, shouldn't I get a piece of the relif money???!!!??? WTF

Dana Baldwin
Dana Baldwin

The spending in Alaska isn't the problem per se. It's that is was tagged onto another bill to buy Alaskas vote. Can't we do the right thing in both places without bribery? Isn't it just common sense that these should be two bills? At least they are somewhat related...

KarlSusmark
KarlSusmark

Stop the madness. ZERO dollars should go anywhere but the East Coast attached to a Bill to provide Aid to those affected by the Hurricane.

Ernst Ghermann
Ernst Ghermann

The government has control over too way much money. Corruption unabated.

W Leigh Cummings
W Leigh Cummings

Senator you are more than welcome. May I lobby for some of 'your' relief funds for restocking the polar ice caps?

Nicholas De Gonzaga Sevilla
Nicholas De Gonzaga Sevilla

Hi. Once I read the actual bill. Fuck you for misleading your readers. I for one applaud this senators effort to get more money to clean up the fucking radioactive mess from FUKUSHIMA. Thank you. Please stop misleading the readers with you goddamn biased view. It is hard enough to have to deal with bullshit from the Hill, without people like you making it even more misleading. --------- Senator Mark Begich, a Democrat from Alaska, is "pleased" to include more than $200 million in pork spending in the Sandy legislation, a bill meant to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The senator's office explains the request in a press release: Alaskans hard hit by fisheries disasters in recent years would be eligible for federal assistance, if a comprehensive federal disaster funding bill released today gains final Congressional passage. U.S. Senator Mark Begich joined the other members of Alaska's congressional delegation in requesting the funding for Alaskans be included in the legislation, which also addresses the recent Superstorm Sandy which devastated the U.S. East Coast. The measure proposes $150 million for the declared fisheries disasters in Alaska, New England and the Gulf of Mexico. Sen. Begich also requested that the bill includes funding to address the marine debris washing up on the coasts of western states from the Japan earthquake of March 2011. ... The bill also included is $56.8 million for charting, damage assessment and marine debris response. Sen. Begich recently wrote to the Appropriations Committee requesting inclusion of funds for the tsunami debris cleanup and fisheries disaster funding in the Superstorm Sandy supplemental package ... In a statement, Begich expresses his pleasure with his own request. "I am pleased Senate appropriators recognized the need for funds to respond to the 2011 tsunami debris," Begich says, according to his office. "It will be up to NOAA to decide how to allocate those funds between needs for East Coast Sandy response and West Coast tsunami debris response, so I will work closely with the agency to ensure Alaska's needs get fairly considered."