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Byron York: Message from Alaska: Our disaster relief isn't ‘pork’ #HurricaneSandy

Beltway Confidential

January 4, 2013 | 10:42 pm | Modified: January 4, 2013 at 10:45 pm

Conservatives have denounced some of the spending inserted into the $60 billion Hurricane Sandy relief bill that Speaker John Boehner stopped in the House over New Year’s. “They had the opportunity to have a $27 billion to $30 billion dollar legit relief package,” Republican Rep. Darrell Issa said on Fox News this week.  But lawmakers “packed it with pork, then dared us not to vote on it.  If we’re going to provide relief, we can’t allow it to be doubled with unrelated pork no matter where the relief is.”

“Look at some of what was in the $60 billion bill,” the Wall Street Journal editorial page wrote Thursday. “$150 million for Alaskan fisheries; $2 million for roof repair at the Smithsonian in Washington; and about $17 billion for liberal activists under the guise of ‘community development’ funds and so-called social service grants.”  The Sandy relief bill, the Journal concluded, “has become cover for Congress to......