Sandy Scam: Obama Requests $13 Billion for Storms to Be Named Later in Sandy Bill
12:20 PM, Dec 14, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In the bill to cover expenses related to the devastation from Hurricane Sandy, the Obama administration is requesting $13 billion to cover storms to be named later.
"Mitigation Projects: In addition to the funds necessary for recovery and repair of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Administration estimates an additional $12,970 million [thousands of million] is necessary for mitigation projects to reduce the risk of damage from future disasters," writes Office of Managment and Budget director Jeffrey Zients in a letter to House speaker John Boehner.
That's $12,970 thousands of million, so about $13 billion for "future disasters."
Here's the agency program amount (in millions of dollars), as outlined by Zients:
A senior congressional aide familiar with the request writes, “This isn’t the baseball winter meetings. The people of New York and New Jersey need aid to recover from Hurricane Sandy, not some storm to be named later.”
The Republican aide continues, “The more goodies these Washington bureaucrats pile onto the core relief package, the harder it’s going to be to get it quickly to the people who need it most.”