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Garrett one of only 11 congressmen voting against Katrina aid bill
Mercury News ^ | September 9, 2005

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.

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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."

(Excerpt) Read more at mercurynews.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: constitution; hurricane; katrina; reliefbill; scottgarrett
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Kudos to my Congressman Scott Garrett (and the other 10 congressman) for voting against the massive federal relief bill and setting himself up for the predictable political demagoguery that has already started

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
--James Madison

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

1 posted on 09/12/2005 11:39:55 AM PDT by Irontank
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To: Irontank

Especially Louisianns. I bet that money is "misappropriated" so fast it would made your head spin.

Who else voted against it?


2 posted on 09/12/2005 11:41:49 AM PDT by TX Bluebonnet
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To: Irontank

$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.


3 posted on 09/12/2005 11:44:10 AM PDT by hlmencken3 ("...politics is a religion substitute for liberals and they can't stand the competition")
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To: Irontank

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.


4 posted on 09/12/2005 11:45:34 AM PDT by mrsmel ( Here lies David St. Hubbins... and why not?)
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To: TX Bluebonnet

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.


5 posted on 09/12/2005 11:47:04 AM PDT by shadeaud (Liberals suffer from acute interior cornial craniorectoitis)
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To: Irontank

Garrett's my congressman. Our little slice of New Jersey is quite conservative and he represents us well.


6 posted on 09/12/2005 11:49:07 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: hlmencken3

There are at least two million people affected when you take into account the whole disaster area from Pensacola to N.O.


7 posted on 09/12/2005 11:49:16 AM PDT by HostileTerritory
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To: TX Bluebonnet
At this point we can only pray that it stays in the US and doesn't, oh say, go to China.
8 posted on 09/12/2005 11:49:33 AM PDT by Bogie
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To: Bogie

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.


9 posted on 09/12/2005 11:52:33 AM PDT by mrsmel ( Here lies David St. Hubbins... and why not?)
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To: Irontank

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.


10 posted on 09/12/2005 11:54:25 AM PDT by Peace will be here soon
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To: TX Bluebonnet

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1481461/posts


11 posted on 09/12/2005 11:54:29 AM PDT by mosquitobite (What we permit, we promote.)
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To: Irontank
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 --James Madison

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

bttt
12 posted on 09/12/2005 11:58:04 AM PDT by uncitizen
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To: Irontank

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.


13 posted on 09/12/2005 12:01:03 PM PDT by paulcissa (Only YOU can prevent liberalism.)
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To: Irontank

He got b..fortitude.


14 posted on 09/12/2005 12:10:35 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys-Reagan and Bush)
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To: mosquitobite
Thanks! I figured my rep, Ron Paul would vote against it :)
He didn't disappoint.
15 posted on 09/12/2005 12:14:59 PM PDT by TX Bluebonnet
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To: Irontank

If I may I will be borrowing all these great quotes for my webpage ;)


16 posted on 09/12/2005 12:18:03 PM PDT by stopem
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To: Irontank
Just think with all of the New Orleans residents displaced, there is going to be fraud big-time come this November's elections. This is the DIMS dream! Thousands of more absentee ballots they can divine for DIM votes. More dead people will be voting than ever before!

The question is "Are there any important elections brewing in Louisiana this election cycle?"

17 posted on 09/12/2005 12:24:05 PM PDT by frogjerk (LIBERALISM - Being miserable for no good reason)
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To: TX Bluebonnet

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.


18 posted on 09/12/2005 12:31:00 PM PDT by Marysecretary (Thank you, Lord, for FOUR MORE YEARS!!!)
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To: frogjerk

And will anyone be around to vote?


19 posted on 09/12/2005 12:32:11 PM PDT by Marysecretary (Thank you, Lord, for FOUR MORE YEARS!!!)
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To: hlmencken3

I believe that would be 50 thousand each, wouldn't it???


20 posted on 09/12/2005 12:32:41 PM PDT by Iscool
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