Rep. Schweikert: Disaster Relief Bill Packed with Pork

Congressman David Schweikert (R-AZ) released the following statement Wednesday after his vote against H.R. 152, The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act 2013:

“Sadly, as happens so often in Washington, the debate surrounding Sandy disaster relief funding was misleading at best and rhetorically false at worst.

“This $50.7 billion bill was packed with pork and pet projects unrelated to disaster spending without the foresight necessary to determine how we could begin to pay for this new spending.

“Nearly 80 percent of the final spending total will not be used for years.

“Helping our fellow citizens in need is important, but that must be coupled with, as President Obama says, ‘shared sacrifice.’ When we spend money to assist with disasters, as we should, we must find money elsewhere in our budget to pay for it.

“There must be a much more responsible path forward for disaster relief funding that does not add billions more to our debt and compound our problems.

“Unfortunately, Washington did not take that path.”


Rep. Gosar Says Obama Relentless in Gun Grab

Today, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) ripped into President Obama over his gun control plans, suggesting that Obama was intent on violating the Second Amendment. “I will actively fight any attempt by this Administration to undermine our Constitution and infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens,” said Gosar. “With the attack on personal gun-ownership, the Second Amendment, and our God-given rights, the Obama-Biden Administration has been relentless in their pursuit of taking guns away from law-abiding Americans.”

Gosar did add that Obama’s policies would not work in any case, and would actually increase violent crime by disarming law-abiding citizens:

There is no easy answer to the problem of violence we face in our country, but inhibiting the ability of law-abiding citizens to exercise their Constitutional rights is nothing more than window dressing.  One needs to look no further than the states with the toughest restrictions on firearms to see that they are the ones consistently ranking the highest in violent crime.  When you limit an individual’s ability to lawfully purchase or carry firearms you are allowing only those with the intent to break the law to have weapons.

We must focus on reducing violent crime and keeping our families safe by encouraging our local communities to work with law enforcement and prioritize school safety. We should also devote resources to improving mental health services so that we can intervene early and curb violent behavior. These are constructive and constitutionally sound ways of dealing with this serious issue

President Obama has suggested no serious plan to deal with the problem of the mentally ill obtaining firearms. He has also refused to consider any suggesting regarding armed guards in schools.