Last week, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) added federal disaster relief to a very long and growing list of things he thinks are unconstitutional. Yet three days later, after his state’s governor rightfully requested federal funds to help cope with massive flooding in Utah, Lee decided to abandon his supposed commitment to the Constitution:
That money is there. It’s been appropriated for disaster relief, and I see no reason why Utah ought not be entitled to receive such federal funds.
Of course, Lee’s original claim that the federal government does not have power over disaster relief is baseless. The Constitution gives Congress broad authority to raise and spend money, and Lee’s position on disaster relief appears to have been cobbled together from discredited theories that were discarded during the Washington Administration. Perhaps that is why Lee decided he could no longer be loyal to his bizarre tenther stance on the Constitution the minute it came in touch with reality.