Via Weekly Standard:
Senator Mark Begich, a Democrat from Alaska, is “pleased” to include more than $200 million in pork spending in the Sandy legislation, a bill meant to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
The senator’s office explains the request in a press release:
“Alaskans hard hit by fisheries disasters in recent years would be eligible for federal assistance, if a comprehensive federal disaster funding bill released today gains final Congressional passage. U.S. Senator Mark Begich joined the other members of Alaska’s congressional delegation in requesting the funding for Alaskans be included in the legislation, which also addresses the recent Superstorm Sandy which devastated the U.S. East Coast…” [...]
In a statement, Begich expresses his pleasure with his own request. “I am pleased Senate appropriators recognized the need for funds to respond to the 2011 tsunami debris,” Begich says, according to his office. “It will be up to NOAA to decide how to allocate those funds between needs for East Coast Sandy response and West Coast tsunami debris response, so I will work closely with the agency to ensure Alaska’s needs get fairly considered.”