The porktastic $51 billion Sandy aid package passed by the House Jan. 15 is headed for President Obama’s desk after the Senate voted 62-36 to approve the funds. Sandy aid has been a major public relations headache for the House GOP in particular, with some Republican representatives trying to strip the pork from the bill and others insisting that Congress find a way to offset the cost with spending cuts. Rep. Paul Ryan in particular took a beating in the media and on Twitter for voting against the package; expect the same treatment for high-profile Republican Senators who voted no, including John McCain, Marco Rubio and Mitch McConnell.

For most, especially those from the Middle Atlantic states, the sentiment of the day was, “It’s about time.” It’s not often you hear the government criticized for not spending money fast enough.

… and a whole bunch of other places. That’s a lot of talk about rebuilding smarter and stronger. As long as it all goes to a good cause, right?

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Update:

Gov. Chris Christie, who harshly ripped the House GOP for pausing to ask what was in the package before passing it, sent his thanks and pledged reciprocation in the form of a joint statement with New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

  • JustLikeAnimals

    There’s likely enough pork in there to provide a BLT to every man, woman, and child in America every day for a frekkin’ year! Eat up, takers! Suck up what’s left of the country’s financial integrity at the government trough. F@#$g pigs.

  • http://www.theconservativevoices.com/ dmacleo

    isn’t a lot of the funds actually for 2014 too?

  • Jack Deth

    After deducting all the pork going elsewhere. The citizens of NJ may get around $1.77 apiece.

    Enjoy!

    • grais

      The citizens aren’t getting squat. The rebuilding in NJ is focused on the tourists.
      Residents/Taxpayers don’t seem to matter.

  • freeinaz

    It’s a sad day for our country when other Americans are in need and these greedy corrupt politicians decide to sneak pork in rather than quickly take care of our fellow citizens. I’m all for the aid, but not for the extras which don’t go to those in the devastated areas. #werebroke

  • GaylePutt

    It’s unconscionable for Congress to load the Sandy relief bill with pork. This is precisely why we have a horrible debt problem. We need someone to step up and propose a bill that requires every bill to stand on its own…no more sneaking things through. If it can’t stand alone, perhaps it’s not a good idea, you think? Wake up American, drain the stinking cesspool that Washington has become.

  • grais

    What is Thad Cochran smoking? “FEMA reforms intended to cut red tape???”

    I’d laugh if I weren’t so pissed off.

  • BeeKaaay

    Pork Pork Pork.

  • Guest

    Beneficiaries of the emergency relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy:

    – $150 million for Alaskan fisheries,

    – $2 million to the Smithsonian to repair roofs

    – $8 million to Homeland Security and the Justice Department to buy cars

    – $58.8 million for forest restoration on private land.

    – $197 million “to… protect coastal ecosystems and habitat…

    – $10.78 billion for public transportation, most of which is allocated to future projects

    – $17 billion for wasteful Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)

    Oh, and some money was given to victims of Hurricane Sandy.

    • aPLWBinAK

      “- $150 million for Alaskan fisheries,”…….you can thank Democrat Sen. Mark Begich for that one. He slithered into office with the help of the labor unions in Anchorage (where he was mayor), who he rewarded by handing new 5 year contracts with massive pay increases after he was elected. He signed those just as he left for D.C. The new mayor had to frantically fix that mess before it bankrupted the city. Even though by law a contract is binding, the raises were so ludicrously huge, that even the unions had to admit, they were excessive, and the new mayor got them to take some cuts. We’re hoping to replace Begich in 2014 with that new mayor, Dan Sullivan.(a Conservative)

    • aPLWBinAK

      “- $150 million for Alaskan fisheries,”…….you can thank Democrat Sen. Mark Begich for that one. He slithered into office with the help of the labor unions in Anchorage (where he was mayor), who he rewarded by handing new 5 year contracts with massive pay increases after he was elected. He signed those just as he left for D.C. The new mayor had to frantically fix that mess before it bankrupted the city. Even though by law a contract is binding, the raises were so ludicrously huge, that even the unions had to admit, they were excessive, and the new mayor got them to take some cuts. We’re hoping to replace Begich in 2014 with that new mayor, Dan Sullivan.(a Conservative)

  • EastValleyConservative

    What a shocker. And on a side note, the picture for this article is from a shop just down the road from me.

  • PeterJGregory

    Simple question: Does what appears to be pork happen to be just the mechanism Congress uses to get all the other smaller initiatives through on a timely basis? The myriad initiatives can’t all warrant the attention that something monumental like Sandy relief. For efficiency of Congress, do the smaller deals have to be heaved into the larger deals?

  • Steve_J

    Maybe now Chrisitie and King will quit whinning.

  • BigTBoom

    With the Sandy relief bill and the stroke of a pen a vast majority of the projected increase in tax revenue from the rich will be gone! (since there’s no offset in the bill)

  • BigTBoom

    With the Sandy relief bill and the stroke of a pen a vast majority of the projected increase in tax revenue from the rich will be gone! (since there’s no offset in the bill)

  • MJ Pauls

    Mr. Christie, we’re facing expected and harsh devastation from all the pork that was in that bill and a lot of others. And from the Obama’s vacations, and his speech flights, and amnesty crap, and rampant welfare to those who don’t NEED it.