Say What? People are supposedly lauding a bi-partisan bill for emergency assistance


As far as I can see this says Nothing about aid for wildfire, Harvey, Irma or Jose victims. Is it just another vague arse attempt by congress for double speak jargon or am I missing the something that makes it acceptable?

Keep in mind BOTH houses of Congress approved this bill and it has been made ready to present to the President in this form. By the way there are similar bills (though more likely contested) already on the list. See HERE.

You decide.

H.R. 3732: Emergency Aid to American Survivors of Hurricanes Irma and Jose Overseas Act

Republican David Reichert introduced this bill on September 11, 2017. It quickly passed both the House and the Senate. Here is the version currently being presented to the president.

To amend section 1113 of the Social Security Act to provide authority for increased fiscal year 2017 and 2018 payments for temporary assistance to United States citizens returned from foreign countries.

This Act may be cited as the Emergency Aid to American Survivors of Hurricanes Irma and Jose Overseas Act.

Sec 2. Increase in aggregate payments for fiscal year 2017 and 2018 for temporary assistance to United States citizens returned from foreign countries.

(a)In general
Section 1113(d) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1313(d)) is amended—

(1)by striking fiscal year 2010 and inserting fiscal years 2017 and 2018; and
(2)by striking that fiscal year and inserting each such fiscal year.
(b)Emergency designation
The amounts made available by the amendments made by subsection (a) are designated as an emergency requirement pursuant to section 4(g) of the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 (2 U.S.C. 933(g)).

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate.


What the heck is this? What am I missing? Where is the language giving assistance and aid to the victims of any of the hurricanes? Why is it attached to an old 2010 law that ONLY gives a $1,000,000 temporary assistance and addresses authority of the Secretary to accept gifts?

I am totally puzzled how this excuse for an act even made it to the floor of either portion of Congress as it is. But it sure as heck represents the weird way that congressional members have of presenting information. No wonder so many laws are incomprehensible and are easily defrauded.

What happened to good old plain language and a sunset?

Like –

Purpose: Given the enormity of the devastation of each of the hurricanes and wildfires of the western areas experienced in 2017, the federal government shall provide emergency relief funds through its agencies under the control of a Hurricane Disaster Relief Council set up and reviewed by the House of Representatives Oversight Committee.

The committee shall be provided only $… Billion which will be closely monitored and released by the authorization of that relief council with oversight to agencies whose purpose is to help restore order and provide relief to individuals and businesses on a percentage basis approved by the House of Representative Budget Committee and their IG division according to the needs requested by each state.

Agencies involved in distribution of the funds are………..  In addition, those military, state national guard, and other emergency agencies who shall provide a burden of proof of costs both requested by local units who have or are providing continuing aid will receive $… in order to restore funds to assist in mitigating their financial burden in order to assist in restoring a portion of their budget for responding.

Each of these allotment of funds shall be made until they have been expended completely and may not be renewed without congressional budgetary approval.

Current laws which authorize such actions are ssss, lllll, and ooooo.

THAT is what I would have expected for a bill whose title says : Emergency Aid to American Survivors of Hurricanes Irma and Jose. It never ceases to puzzle me why congress cannot write a simple bill with a simple subject purpose with caveats and a sunset clause but must continue to refer back to prior laws such as” change this word or that word from a previous bill” or attach porkie piglet crap to run up the hidden meaning and verbose language to prevent an average citizen from understanding the content and context. 


Update: The President signed this bill September 8, 2017

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2 Responses to Say What? People are supposedly lauding a bi-partisan bill for emergency assistance

  1. Kate says:

    You make some good points.

    Also note, the Act was originally written Jan 3, 2017, and included the names of Hurricanes Irma and Jose <— how is that possible? Very odd. Link to original below.

    • Uriel says:

      Welcome to Hardnox Kate. It is weird how this was to be. I think the references to Jose and Irma were additions in September. My basic question as much as anything was how strangely they write bills. It makes me wonder why more bills enacted don’t end up in confusion but then I guess they do explaining how judicial branch ends up making interpretations.