MADISONVILLE, LA - Col. Rob Maness (USAF, ret.), the conservative, non-politician running for U.S. Senate to advance liberty, prosperity, and certainty, released his fifth #SolutionsForUs plan today: "Disaster Relief - No Pork, No Delay" would create a quicker and more efficient federal government response to natural disasters that includes instant relief without the pork. Maness's proposal would result in the creation of a pre-funded disaster relief fund and ban unrelated pork spending from being included in any disaster relief assistance.
"Disaster relief is a real need that should be available the instant a disaster strikes," said Maness. "As your Senator, I will introduce legislation banning special interest pork spending from being put into disaster recovery bills. Localized disasters should not be used as a trough for spending that has nothing to do with disaster relief."
Maness's Disaster Relief - No Pork, No Delay proposal would:
- Develop a pre-funded disaster relief fund to allow money to flow to victims of natural disasters
- Eliminate the opportunity to add in unrelated pork barrel spending
- Provide transparency and accountability in spending
During the Republican Leadership Conference (RLC) earlier this summer, Maness spoke-out about the need for disaster relief without the pork:
"As a Christian nation we know that when natural disaster strikes, we must help our neighbors in need. "But if anyone has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?" - 1 John 3:17
"I will fight for disaster relief funds for our state, but I will not go along with the Washington elites to use disaster relief to insert abusive pork-barrel spending. In the Hurricane Katrina relief bill, $50 million was spent on an indoor rainforest in Iowa. $50 million of our tax dollars. $18,000 went for a smoking booth at a private airport in Teterboro, New Jersey. In 2005, the tsunami relief bill for Indonesia included $25 million for a fish hatchery in Montana, and the Hurricane Sandy relief bill in New Jersey included $150 million for fisheries in Alaska.
"Probably all great ideas, but not the right place to fund them. No more of that. I'll introduce legislation to end this practice, and I'll make famous the name of any politician who tries to abuse the system again and prevent our citizens from getting the disaster relief aid immediately."
The Disaster Relief - No Pork, No Delay proposal is the fifth #SolutionsForUs plan Maness has put forward - others include the: