U.S. Rep. Scott Perry votes against $9.7 billion in Sandy aid

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-York County, voted against a measure Friday, aimed at helping states recover from superstorm Sandy.

The Washington Post reported that the bill will allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency to pay out claims to those who held federal flood insurance. It passed with a 354 to 67 vote.

Friday’s vote over the $9.7 billion in aid came after criticism earlier in the week, when House Speaker John Boehner cancelled a vote over a $60 billion aid package that had passed the Senate.

The New York Times reported that it faced opposition from some House Republicans “who maintain that the spending package was thrown together hastily and contains projects that hardly qualify as emergency items, like repairing roofs of national museums in Washington.”

Perry discussed the $60 billion aid package Thursday morning with reporters, before being sworn into office.

“The federal government is broke. We have obligations to our citizenry,” Perry said.”…But let’s not pile on and make our circumstances worse.”

He said the government doesn’t “have extra money to be throwing around” on “pork-barrel projects.”

Perry then criticized President Barack Obama.

“After Katrina … all we heard was how George Bush neglected all those folks down there, time and time again,” Perry said, adding that one of the people coming to Washington, D.C., for his swearing-in owns properties in New York. “And he told me, ‘It’s a third-world country over there and nobody’s come to see us.’”

Perry continued:

“Where is the president? Where’s the president on this thing? And where are you guys, talking about, ‘Where’s the president?’ He showed up one time and nobody’s seen him since. And those people are over there without any heat, any electricity. Their houses are destroyed.

Where’s that leadership? He’s in Hawaii. He comes here for one day, blames everybody for what we didn’t do right, and then heads back to Hawaii. And on the way out the door, he says, ‘I’m not playing the game with Republicans on the debt ceiling, you’re going to pay for the obligations you’ve made.’ Well, how about the obligations he’s made?

“That’s not leadership. Please get in the game.”

About Ed Mahon

County government and politics reporter at York Daily Record/Sunday News.
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3 Responses to U.S. Rep. Scott Perry votes against $9.7 billion in Sandy aid

  1. BG Mitchell says:

    How offensive it is that our new Rep. Scott Perry, replacing Todd Platts who pleaded with Republican Leaders to allow the Sandy vote, voted No to providing FEMA with funds to help Sandy victims. He must have no memory for Hurricane Irene and T.S. Lee that devastated South Central Pennsylvania to the tune of $425 million and is still recovering.
    Mr. Perry must not know that Congress controls the purse strings and not the President. It’s right there in the Constitution Mr. Perry, Article I, Sec. 9.

  2. Barry Ness says:

    His “heart goes out to these people” but NOT his vote! And he’s a National Guard officer?? I guess his education to reach his level in the “Guard” was paid for by us taxpayers. Seems he doesn’t want to return the favor…so how about are money back!! Guess he fulfilled his 1st local 912 Patriot committment vote “no” to everything your own party puts up to help your own local voters. Gonna be a long 2 years till he’s gonna be gone…but I’m hopefully he’ll do something a lot more dumber.

  3. Johhny says:

    Wow, what a piece of garbage Scott Perry turned out to be. The man that has been attached to the taxpayer teat since he was 18 all the sudden thinks taxpayer dollars are unecessary for American citizens in peril. The fact that this bill was overwhelming yes shows how lucky we are to have more compassionate people in power than mouth breathing, jerks like Scott Perry. Looks like York County has their own little Alan West, complete with the spotty military record!

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