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  • Setting the Record Straight on Federal Disaster Funding

    Liberals have spent the past two weeks asking Congress to write a blank check for federal disaster funding. They’ve concentrated their attacks on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) for seeking offsets in other areas of the budget to cover the additional aid.

    They’ve portrayed Cantor as a callous conservative, suggesting that his stance is extreme and hypocritical. The facts tell another story.

    The Wall Street Journal reveals that it’s actually congressional Democrats, not Cantor, standing in the way of additional disaster funding. House Republicans have offered a plan that gives more money to the Federal Emergency Management Agency than President Obama requested. They did this by cutting spending in other areas, such as the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program.

    That program is a pet cause of many Democrats, including Vice President Biden. In fact, the Journal explains, it was Biden who personally intervened to convince the CEO of California-based Fisker Automotive to manufacture electric cars in Wilmington, DE.

    Wilmington, of course, is Biden’s hometown. And Fisker, it turns out, secured a loan from the Department of Energy for more than half a billion dollars. The Obama administration will surely deny any cronyism, just as it did this week when politically connected solar company Solyndra closed its doors after receiving a $535 billion federal loan.

    More from the Journal:

    All of this is background to say that the GOP has found the federal program that is arguably the most deserving of a cut to free up funds for disaster victims. But Senate Democrats refuse to pass the House bill and Mr. Cantor has earned their ire this week by continuing to press for cuts in corporate welfare.

    Don’t expect this issue to go away, especially in light of the huge increase in FEMA declarations in recent years. As Heritage’s Matt Mayer wrote this week, “Cantor is spot on, and we are thrilled to see someone finally trying to curb FEMA’s growth.”

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    8 Responses to Setting the Record Straight on Federal Disaster Funding

    1. James says:

      Nice how the article included the original protester of FEMA and it's overbloated budget and wasted monies…and is also being attacked for his view…presidential candidate RON PAUL…oh my you guys must have just overlooked the good doctors stance..yeah right.

    2. osro says:

      I would think our govt would give obama/biden cronies another half trill to keep the solar factory doors open. Let's see; how does one fail with 535 billion dollars? People there is a train a comin' !

    3. Where in the Constitution do you find the authorization for any branch of the federal government to redistribute the taxpayers resources via disaster aid. Charity is not a function of the federal government, but a voluntary function of the private sector.

    4. Jeanne Stotler says:

      Where does all this money go, on top of FEMA we are asked to increase our donations to the Red Cross, Savation ARmy and churches, I know Catholic charities gave a bundle to La. after Katrina, and again to Haiti, seems someone needs o find out where this money is goingg and what about those hundreds of trailers sitting in a field?/ FEMA cost way too much.

    5. AD-RtR/OS! says:

      What's the over/under on Fisker going BK?

    6. Robert says:

      Correct…. million, not billion. But who in Wasington is counting? or is it Washington? whatever.

    7. Bob Densic says:

      Amen to Steven Poyzer.
      Our Founding Fathers and Presidents for nearly a century noted charity is not a function of any legitimate government.
      "Charity is no part of the legislative duty of government." – James Madison.
      "Congress has NOT unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those sepcifically enumerated." – Thomsa Jefferson
      “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.” – James Madison

    8. Mike, Wichita Falls says:

      This just goes to show that there is nothing more permanent than a government program. I think Reagan said that in so many words. The sooner these most recent programs end through defunding, or better yet repeal, the better because the longer they exist the more people depend on them for sustenance. If the GOP Presidential field plans to do that, they better say so because the statists will howl when they try.

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