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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