U.S. Rep. Peter King from New York continues his crusade against fellow Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, urging his constituency not to support Rubio’s presidential ambitions because he voted against a Hurricane Sandy aid package to help the state rebuild.
“I am actually very angry and it’s not just a question of being angry. I think New York has to send a signal that we are not going to allow national politicians to vote against New York, and really vote against New York in an arbitrary way, and then come to New York and ask New York to finance a campaign for president,” King told ABC News Friday.
These comments follow remarks King made on Thursday, also directed at Rubio, who was in New York meeting with potential Wall St. donors: “It’s bad enough that these guys voted against it, that’s inexcusable enough. But to have the balls to come in and say, ‘We screwed you, now make us president’?”
Of course, the congressman from New York is exhibit A as to why the country has few prospects of reducing its $16 trillion national debt or avoiding ultimate default.
Pandering to his constituency in the wake of what some have sarcastically called the equivalent of a strong afternoon thunderstorm on a typical Florida summer day, King called for federal money and lots of it.
Never mind that America is borrowing 40 cents on every dollar spent, there are votes to be had.
Rubio’s office issued a statement that read, in part: “I’ve made clear in the past that emergency assistance bills like this should be handled with a sense of urgency… When people are suffering gravely because of natural disasters, every moment we delay is a moment of delayed relief for victims.”
However, the junior senator from Florida points out that “the Hurricane Sandy supplemental bill goes far beyond emergency relief to impacted victims and communities, which is why I voted no on final passage.”
Details of some of the pork buried in the relief bill by Democrats include among other measures:
- spending for fishery projects in Alaska
- money to fix museum roofs in Washington, D.C.
- money to plant trees around the country
- money for a water resources priority study
The bill also called for $818 million for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), $336 million for Amtrak and $482 million for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – all amounts exponentially greater than originally requested by the White House, according to Rubio’s office.
King was furious that Speaker John Boehner did not take up a Hurricane Sandy relief bill before the 112th Congress ended and responded then by asking New Yorkers to withhold political donations to Congressional Republicans, as reported by Roll Call.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) has also been very critical of any resistance to the pork-laden relief bill.
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