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house Bill H.R. 3702

Should HUD’s Community Development Block Grant for Disaster Recovery be Permanently Authorized & Improved?

Argument in favor

Disaster recovery efforts too often fail to help the most vulnerable populations, including the poor, homeless, and minorities. It’s important to ensure that federal disaster recovery dollars are used to help everyone affected by a natural disaster and help mitigate the effects of future disasters.

Rebekah 's Opinion
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11/18/2019
Yes. Spend our tax dollars on helping American families, not corporations with skyrocketing profits. We’re all sick and tired of socialism for the rich and predatory capitalism for the rest of us!
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Tinee's Opinion
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11/18/2019
Funding for helping with disasters shouldn't have a expiration date.
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RjGoodman's Opinion
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11/18/2019
The most important part of this bill is that it should codify how disasters are approached. Currently it appears that their is minimal guidance on how resources should be allocated and work prioritized. Living near Super Storm Sandy I am appalled at how the people have not been taken care of. This has been because the disastrous HUD resource allocation and the federal government underfunding. These are common problems. This bill should improve these outcomes.
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Argument opposed

The federal government already learns from, and improves its disaster response efforts, after every disaster it experiences. While it’s true that some past disaster response efforts, such as New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, have been botched, the federal government is constantly improving its disaster response and mitigation processes even without this bill.

burrkitty's Opinion
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11/18/2019
70% of disaster funding going to low income housing is too low when 99% of the country is low income. In addition this bill makes insufficient provisions for relocating housing out of risk areas. It dose absolutely zero good to rebuild a dozen times in the same place and expect a different outcome. Focus more strongly on moving out of dangerous areas, rebuilding away from Flood zones, and relocating our housing and infrastructure onto higher ground. LEARN TO GET OUT OF THE WAY.
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JTJ's Opinion
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11/18/2019
The government loves disasters because it gives them an excuse to tax the crap out of us and redistribute at their political discretion.
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Tony's Opinion
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11/19/2019
It's not so much that we need this bill. What the AMERICAN PEOPLE have to LEARN is that when bills like this come to the "HOUSE FLOOR" for a vote, the AMENDMENTS ATTACHED to the bill is the REAL REASON for it coming to the floor. Years ago, George Bush senior wanted LINE ITEM VETO on EVERY BILL. What this L.I.V. would have done is allow the President to go through the ENTIRE BILL, line by line and VETO that which HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ORIGINAL INTENT of the bill. We all would like to know how our nation got into a $23 TRILLION DOLLAR DEBT. Well when these "legislators" start adding what is commonly known as "PORK AMENDMENTS" to any given bill, the "pork" adds to the ACTUAL COST to enact the bill! So a bill like this, which is said to be for "Disaster Relief" efforts could have "amendments" that any representative added. LIKE MONEY FOR HIS / HER district's SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM or SEWER CAP REPLACEMENT PROJECT. Which have NOTHING to do with Disaster relief. I remember one piece of legislation that was intended to improve AMTRAC service and a Pennsylvania Representative added an Amendment that gave $1.5 BILLION for the construction of a RAIL ROAD MUSEUM in STROUDSBURGH PA. So the bill PASSED because AMTRAC needed the improvement and the MUSEUM GOT BUILT. The RAIL ROAD MUSEUM TRACKS DON'T EVEN CONNECT with ANY AMTRAC SERVICE. This goes on all the time and almost EVERY BILL you see here on COUNTABLE has these "amendments." SO, while you think this bill to be REDUNDANT, you are right. This bill, like so many others, is meant to get FUNDING for that which has NOTHING to do with the actual bill! It's just another SMOKE SCREEN to fool the American people.
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    Yes. Spend our tax dollars on helping American families, not corporations with skyrocketing profits. We’re all sick and tired of socialism for the rich and predatory capitalism for the rest of us!
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    70% of disaster funding going to low income housing is too low when 99% of the country is low income. In addition this bill makes insufficient provisions for relocating housing out of risk areas. It dose absolutely zero good to rebuild a dozen times in the same place and expect a different outcome. Focus more strongly on moving out of dangerous areas, rebuilding away from Flood zones, and relocating our housing and infrastructure onto higher ground. LEARN TO GET OUT OF THE WAY.
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    Funding for helping with disasters shouldn't have a expiration date.
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    The government loves disasters because it gives them an excuse to tax the crap out of us and redistribute at their political discretion.
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    It's not so much that we need this bill. What the AMERICAN PEOPLE have to LEARN is that when bills like this come to the "HOUSE FLOOR" for a vote, the AMENDMENTS ATTACHED to the bill is the REAL REASON for it coming to the floor. Years ago, George Bush senior wanted LINE ITEM VETO on EVERY BILL. What this L.I.V. would have done is allow the President to go through the ENTIRE BILL, line by line and VETO that which HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ORIGINAL INTENT of the bill. We all would like to know how our nation got into a $23 TRILLION DOLLAR DEBT. Well when these "legislators" start adding what is commonly known as "PORK AMENDMENTS" to any given bill, the "pork" adds to the ACTUAL COST to enact the bill! So a bill like this, which is said to be for "Disaster Relief" efforts could have "amendments" that any representative added. LIKE MONEY FOR HIS / HER district's SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM or SEWER CAP REPLACEMENT PROJECT. Which have NOTHING to do with Disaster relief. I remember one piece of legislation that was intended to improve AMTRAC service and a Pennsylvania Representative added an Amendment that gave $1.5 BILLION for the construction of a RAIL ROAD MUSEUM in STROUDSBURGH PA. So the bill PASSED because AMTRAC needed the improvement and the MUSEUM GOT BUILT. The RAIL ROAD MUSEUM TRACKS DON'T EVEN CONNECT with ANY AMTRAC SERVICE. This goes on all the time and almost EVERY BILL you see here on COUNTABLE has these "amendments." SO, while you think this bill to be REDUNDANT, you are right. This bill, like so many others, is meant to get FUNDING for that which has NOTHING to do with the actual bill! It's just another SMOKE SCREEN to fool the American people.
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    The most important part of this bill is that it should codify how disasters are approached. Currently it appears that their is minimal guidance on how resources should be allocated and work prioritized. Living near Super Storm Sandy I am appalled at how the people have not been taken care of. This has been because the disastrous HUD resource allocation and the federal government underfunding. These are common problems. This bill should improve these outcomes.
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    I don't understand why people are against this. They say "it's already being done". Okay....and this bill will ensure that it keeps getting done and won't simply be forgotten about during the next round of budget talks.
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    This bill is not necessary and is repeating what is already done.
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    Visit Puerto Rico. That's all you need to do to know how to vote.
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    Just DO it ✔️
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    Once we get past the Trump Administration this bill May actually do some good.
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    we need to stop the pres. from blocking aid and then diverting the money to his wishes
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    Again with the spending money. The democrats are trying to win the next election by buying it or by a kangaroo court to remove a duly elected president.
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    More and more recovery aid has become a politicalized issue based on prejudice rather than equality and need. It maybe that the federal government should take a stand on not rebuilding in a flood plain knowing that disaster aid will be continually spent and wasted by reoccurring flooding. But we are see federal funds and programs becoming weaponized because many of the things that the federal government does depends on good judgement, ethics and morals. Our Congress and President seems to be deficient in these qualities.
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    No permanent access to taxpayers checkbooks. ABSOLUTELY NOT.
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    This is a no brainer. Of course it should be a yes vote. And I must ask Sam Graves why he would vote no on such a humanitarian bill? What have you got against your constituents?
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    Not only is Al Green one of the most evil people in Congress, and civil society as well. He is a racist, and AntiSemite. He should be removed from any position in government. He also is guilty of involvement in the coup.
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    This one of those Bill's that just makes sense in every aspect. If it included federal support for US territories after disasters, then it'd be a great bill. Now it's just very very goof
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    Since climate change is being ignored by the powers that be, we are going to have more and more disasters which must be paid for.
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    Yes
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