Skip to comments.Garrett one of only 11 congressmen voting against Katrina aid bill
Posted on 09/12/2005 11:39:54 AM PDT by Irontank
New Jersey Rep. Scott Garrett said Thursday he voted against sending $51.8 billion in emergency relief to the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina because the bill contained no accountability measures.
"I wanted to make sure that the people in the affected areas get every bit of assistance they absolutely need," Garrett said in a telephone interview from his office here. "We do that by making sure there's accountability through FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency)."
"Writing them a blank check and not being able to have oversight does not achieve that," said Garrett, R-Wantage.
Garrett was one of only 11 House members, and the only member of the New Jersey delegation, to vote against the measure. No Democrats voted against it.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee issued a statement calling Garrett's vote a "stunning abandonment of his fellow Americans."
"New Jersey families sent U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett to Washington to represent their values and compassion in Congress. Today, he has shown that he represents neither," said DCCC spokesman Bill Burton. "Americans from every community in the country have selflessly donated millions of dollars to help those who so desperately need food, water and medical attention. When Congress had its chance to support the effort, U.S. Rep. Garrett opposed it."
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I just wish that Congressman Garrett had sounded more like some of our American ancestors when they resisted the call to spend other people's money on charity
I cannot undertake to lay my finger on the article of the Constitution which grants a right to Congress of expending, on the objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents
The government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like state governments, whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government
--James Madison in a January 1794 speech in the House of Representatives
I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity...doing so would be contrary to the letter and the spirit of the Constitution and subversive to the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded
--President Franklin Pierce in vetoing a federal bill to help the mentally ill
I feel obliged to withhold my approval of the plan to indulge in benevolent and charitable sentiment through the appropriation of public funds. I find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution
---President Grover Cleveland in vetoing an 1887 bill to assist drought-ravaged areas of Texas
We have the right, as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity, but as members of Congress, we have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money
---Rep. Col. Davy Crockett in a speech before the House of Representatives in opposition to a $10,000 appropriation for the widow of an American naval officer
Especially Louisianns. I bet that money is "misappropriated" so fast it would made your head spin.
Who else voted against it?
$50 billion divided by one million victims is $20k each, not including insurance, private charity, or future federal allocations under aall sorts of other programs.
He has a good point,especially when it comes to corrupt Lousyanna.ALL ofLousyanna is corrupt,fromthe top on down to dogcatcher,the people all know it,and many are stupid enough to be proud of it.Until a Katrina comes and the levees break,and even then they try to pass the buck to President Bush and the Federal branch-so it sounds like they're saying that they should've elected President Bush as their Mayor and their Governor,so that he would be empowered to make their local decisions also. DC ain'tgot nothing on NO when it comes to cutting off their noses to spite their faces-they'll show er'body,they'll elect who they damn well please,by God,and if they want to drown due to their state officials incompetence and corruption,why that's their own Lousyanna business.
The mayor of N.O. is positioning himself so his new home in Dallas along with his kids college education is fully funded by some of the funds that will fall between the cracks.
Garrett's my congressman. Our little slice of New Jersey is quite conservative and he represents us well.
There are at least two million people affected when you take into account the whole disaster area from Pensacola to N.O.
Not much chance of that-it'll stay in the US alright,perhaps in yet another area of Texas where Nagin will build his summer home.
Hey, how do you think all the contractors down there are going to get away with hiring illegal aliens?
Accountability? We don`t need no stinkin accountability.
Garretts a good egg.....he knows what's going to happen to that $51.8 Billion. So do the rest of us. The corrupt political machine in LA can find many pockets to keep that money warm and dry. Sadly and predictibly, at the expense of those who need it most.
He got b..fortitude.
If I may I will be borrowing all these great quotes for my webpage ;)
The question is "Are there any important elections brewing in Louisiana this election cycle?"
I read somewhere that someone said years ago that 50% of Louisiana is under water and 50% are under indictment. I thought that was apropos. I admire Garrett for being truthful. If we had more democrats like him..... nobody wants to be accountable for using OUR money.
And will anyone be around to vote?
I believe that would be 50 thousand each, wouldn't it???
It never stopped them from rigging an election in the past...
You're the first to catch the typo. That's scary!
I must be dreaming...
NJ state gov. is currently going through a scandal over the Democrats misappropriation of Federal dollars spent of Homeland Defense. I'm also in Garrett's district, and am damn proud he stood up and made the point loud and clear. Corruption and incompetence by those who control the state level appropriations should not be rewarded for their graft with more taxpayers' money funneled through the Fed gov.
Dittos on Scott Garrett, from another of his constituents. From the scandalous party machines (in BOTH parties) that make up New Jersey politics, Garrett is one of the very few bright spots. Glad I've voted for him in the past, and I'll be proud to vote for him again in the future.
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