The conservative watchdog group, Club for Growth, has slammed the second relief package for victims of Superstorm Sandy due to what the organization sees as irresponsible spending and massive amounts of pork that do not in any way contribute to the rebuilding efforts in the Northeast.
The group has vowed to punish any lawmaker who supports the package. Congress is expected to take up the $51 billion dollar package Tuesday.
New Jersey’s Republican Gov. Chris Christie is on the opposite side of the fence. He claims the bill is anything but pork-laden and says the original Senate-passed package was cleaned up by Congress and is now, in his words, “a clean Sandy bill.”
The House approved a $9 billion dollar flood relief package earlier this month. Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, have both criticized Congress for dragging their feet on passing the remainder of the package.
The Club for Growth is among other watchdog groups urging Congress to reject the package. It claims the bill contains millions of dollars for non-essential projects for Amtrak and states not impacted by the storm.
Andy Roth, the club’s vice president for government affairs, sent a letter to lawmakers Monday stating spending cuts should offset any disaster-relief legislation.
“Congress shouldn’t keep passing massive emergency relief bills that aren’t paid for, have little oversight and are stuffed with pork,” Roth wrote.
Roth also said those who vote in favor of the bill will be included in the Club for Growth’s congressional scorecard, which grades lawmakers on their record supporting the group’s policies.
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