Rep. David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-W.Va.) criticized two recent Senate bills containing wasteful spending and pork projects that have little to do with the intent of the legislation. Rep. McKinley along with the House Leadership has been continuously supportive of cutting wasteful spending.
"At the beginning of the last Congress, the House voted to do away with wasteful spending and pork," said Rep. McKinley. "The Senate followed suit and during his State of the Union address on January 25, 2011, President Barack Obama said, "If a bill comes to my desk with earmarks in it, I will veto it.' " "It looked like Congress was finally facing reality," noted Rep. McKinley. "We were spending 43 cents of every dollar we took in and our deficit surpassed $16 trillion dollars. But then these two bills emerge from the Senate with pork and earmarks. Congress says one thing then they do something else. That's why the American people have lost confidence in our federal government."
The year-end Senate so-called fiscal cliff bill included $330 billion in deficit spending including:
* $12 billion for wind energy
* $248 million for Hollywood studios
* $222 million for rum producers in Puerto Rico
* $7 million for manufacturers of electronic motorcycles
"For a country already $16 trillion dollars in debt, we owe it our children and grandchildren to stop spending money we don't have," said Rep. McKinley. "Despite this fact, Congress can't seem to shake old habits." "Take the recent Hurricane Sandy Relief legislation as another example of how the Senate tries to bury and hide wasteful spending in a bill aimed at helping the victims of a storm," said Rep. McKinley.
Among other pork, this bill included the following:
* $200 million was allocated for Alaskan fisheries,
* $2 million for roof repair at a Smithsonian building
* $13 million for the Army Corps of Engineers to spend on the Gulf Coast
* $4 million to repair sand dunes at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida
The Senate appears to have followed the comments of former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel who stated, "You never let a serious crisis go to waste." "We need to eliminate wasteful spending and concentrate on providing only the financial assistance that is warranted to those who have faced natural disasters," added Rep. McKinley. "The President, Senate and House should stand by their word and do the same as it relates to the Hurricane Sandy legislation."