The pro-economic growth, free-market Club for Growth has announced that it will give U.S. senators a negative rating on its 2013 scorecard for voting to pass $50 billion in Hurricane Sandy relief.
The Club had similarly given members of the House a negative rating for their votes to pass the disaster aid bill because of billions of dollars in unrelated spending attached to it.
"Instead of passing a pork-filled bill packed with non-emergency spending items, Congress should pass a disaster relief-only bill that is fully offset with spending cuts elsewhere and contains measures to ensure accountability over billions in taxpayer dollars," The Club for Growth's Vice President of Public Affairs Andy Roth said.
The Senate vote on the bill is expected as soon as today.
"As we have repeatedly said in previous key vote alerts, there are more responsible ways to pass disaster relief legislation," Roth said. "For starters, funds could be released in installments to make sure the resources are spent more wisely.
"They should also strip out all immaterial line items, and fully offset all expenditures with spending cuts elsewhere. Serious reform would also include a way for the states to take over the responsibility for future disaster relief funding so that accountability is more localized."
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