I know you work hard. Like most Americans, you provide for your family and save as much of your hard-earned money as possible.
But unforeseen emergencies can take you by surprise at any time and force you to make necessary sacrifices to pay for those emergencies.
When emergencies like Hurricane Sandy disrupt life in America, Congress doesn't face the same sacrifices the American people do.
In fact, Congress doesn't sacrifice anything, unless you count sacrificing the fiscal solvency of America.
The Hurricane Sandy Emergency Funding package is a three year spending bill packed with millions of dollars of unrelated pork earmarked for everything but hurricane relief.
Watch my floor speech on the Hurricane Sandy Emergency Funding package here.
There is no evidence Congress is good at spending your money.
So the last thing we should do is hand over three years' worth of spending authority disguised as Hurricane Sandy relief.
Why don't we authorize one year at a time with functional oversight and make sure the relief money is not being wasted or abused?
Why don't we offset the costs of the relief package with spending cuts to prevent adding another $60 billion to our national debt?
I have proposed offsetting hurricane relief costs by ending $9 billion worth of foreign aid that ends up in the private accounts of dictators who oppress their own people and burn our flag.
My amendment to the hurricane relief package would've required Congress offset the relief costs with spending cuts one year at a time.
The problem is that so-called conservatives in the Senate refuse to stand up for what's right and voted against fiscal responsibility.
They continue to put their own wants before the needs of this great nation.
Despite the defeat of my amendment, I vow to keep fighting this battle because America's future is worth fighting for.
We will never climb out from under our crippling $16 trillion debt with abusive spending like this.
Senator Rand Paul
P.S. Congress is planning to spend another $60 billion on pet projects disguised as Hurricane Sandy relief spending.
And so-called conservatives refuse to offset the hurricane relief costs with spending cuts.