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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Grunting And Swilling At The Trough

Instapundit is tracking which congressmen are willing to give up some personal pork to fund Katrina recovery spending. Give it a look-see. Delay is not willing to say that he will, but Pelosi says she will! Amazing who oinks in a fiscal crisis, isn't it? Pelosi's moving up a notch on my reality-o-meter.

For those who don't know, the Stafford Act requires the federal government to fund three-quarters of the "eligible costs", so regardless of political grandstanding, the US is required to spend a lot under current law. The question is whether we will cut spending in other areas to try to minimize the impact. If you aren't familiar with the Porkbusters project, it is explained here.

I promise I will try to get off my fat piggy butt this weekend and do some GA research. I am sure we've got some fatback lying around.

In order to exceed the $5,000,000 limit, the President is required to report to Congress. In this case, Congress should obviously have a big say:
# In general

Except as provided in paragraph (2), total assistance provided under this title [42 U.S.C. ยงยง 5191 et seq.] for a single emergency shall not exceed $5,000,000.

# Additional assistance

The limitation described in paragraph (1) may be exceeded when the President determines that--

1. continued emergency assistance is immediately required;
2. there is a continuing and immediate risk to lives, property, public health or safety; and
3. necessary assistance will not otherwise be provided on a timely basis.

# Report

Whenever the limitation described in paragraph (1) is exceeded, the President shall report to the Congress on the nature and extent of emergency assistance requirements and shall propose additional legislation if necessary.


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