Want to know what's on the mind of your members of Congress? Maybe the best way to find out is to look at the list of proposed amendments to the Hurricane Sandy relief bill in the House, a sprawling range of issues that amounts to a snap poll of what they're worried about on Capitol Hill right now.
Among the amendments offered were those focused on foreign aid, gun violence, and Treasury bonds.
Think Hurricane Sandy just affected the United States? Well, one amendment would have had a global impact: Amendment #79 would have zeroed out all foreign aid and assistance except for Israel or Pakistan as a way of offsetting the $50-plus billion cost of the aid bill.
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Or were you under the impression that Hurricane Sandy and the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School were politically unrelated? Not quite so under one amendment: Number 82 would knock down a measure that the amendment's sponsor said "effectively prevents the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from conducting research or statistical analysis related to gun violence."