Rand Paul says Hurricane Sandy Relief bill a "mistake" even if it's for a good cause

01/18/2013 10:28 AM

Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul told reporters in Frankfort this week that the way Congress in going about paying for Hurricane Sandy Relief bill is fiscally irresponsible and he’s unlikely to support the bill when it comes to the Senate next week.

The U.S. House passed the Sandy Relief bill which includes nearly $50.6 billion in emergency aid.

But Paul told reporters in Frankfort on Wednesday that the bill is a fiscal mistake — even if it is for a good cause.

“I had an alternative amendment in the Senate mine would have said let’s give them only what they’re going to spend next year. They’ve said they’re going to spend $9 billion next year. Why would you give them $60 billion,” Paul said. “Does anyone expect government officials to do a good job with that money?”

Paul told reporters the billions of dollars he would be in favor of giving the northeastern states devastated by Hurricane Sandy should be offset by cutting foreign aid.

“We don’t have money for Egypt or Pakistan this year cause we’ve got to help the Northeast,” said Paul on what he would tell foreign countries whose aid was cut.

Funding for projects tucked into the disaster relief bill also was a major concern for Paul, who has railed against government waste and spending. Paul said the bill included money for Alaskan Fisheries and a performance arts festival in New York.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm joined cn|2 in December 2011 as a reporter for Pure Politics. Throughout his career, Nick has covered several big political stories up close, including interviewing President Barack Obama on the campaign trail back in 2008. Nick says he loves being at the forefront of Kentucky politics and working with the brightest journalists in the commonwealth. Follow Nick on Twitter @Nick_Storm. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@twcnews.com.



  • viewer wrote on January 19, 2013 01:17 PM :

    I will agree with Sen Paul on parts of this. This week the feds indicted the ex mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin. There is a lot of waste and corruption in putting this money out fast. Some of the reasons are for the money coming back into political campaigns or to give work to political cronies. It happened here in Ky when the ice storm hit in the 90’s. When there is federal money going out , there will always be sharks roaming.

  • cumberland gap wrote on January 19, 2013 03:24 PM :

    Then why not rail against the federal emergency aid spent in KY for tornado storm damage? Rand is a shrewd but deceitful pol thats why. He knows democrats are too quiet and media won’t point it out.

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