Constitutionalists saddened by the departure of the consistent defender of the faith, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), have reason to rejoice in the ascendancy of Representative Justin Amash (R-Mich.).
On Friday, Amash took another stride following the footsteps of his mentor by voting against a bill authorizing a nearly $10 billion increase in the borrowing authority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The extra funds were to be used for the relief of victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Despite the “no” votes cast by Amash and 66 others, the measure garnered substantial support in both houses of Congress and was subsequently signed into law by President Obama on Sunday, January 6.
On the Senate side, the son of Rep. Ron Paul, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) spoke against the Sandy relief package, reminding his colleagues that “We’re not very good with money up here.”
In support of his position, Paul pointed to the fact that the bill up for consideration contained money for Alaskan fisheries and Palau (a Pacific island).
Finally, Senator Paul recommended that if money were to be spent on Sandy relief, then there should be greater congressional oversight and that Congress was too profligate to be trusted with nearly $10 billion and a three year spending window.
Voting on the measure was one of the first acts of the new Congress in the new year. Recently reelected Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) promised that consideration of the relief package would be a high priority when the 113th Congress convened after the holidays.
Amash has attracted the attention of many in the liberty movement for a couple of headline-worthy events.
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Photo of Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.): AP Images