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Is Your Congressman One Of 67 Republicans Who Voted Against Hurricane Sandy Victims?

by David Badash on January 5, 2013

in News,Politics

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After a week that saw New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie publicly, repeatedly lambast by name Speaker John Boehner and the GOP caucus for squashing a vote on funding relief for Hurricane Sandy victims, the Republican-controlled House finally voted for a mere $9 billion package as a downpayment on a vote promised later this month for up to another $51 billion.

READ: Bachmann Introduces 1st Bill In New Congress: Not Sandy Relief Or VAWA, But Obamacare Repeal

The Senate had unanimously passed relief for Sandy victims, but the House, not so much. While the small fraction, $9 billion bill passed, 67 Congressmen, all Republicans, voted against the bill.

Ironically, not only were all “nay” votes from the GOP, most were from Congressmen who represent states that had been victimized by previous disasters, like Hurricane Katrina. And yes, most are from the South.

Here the list of 67 Republican Congressmen who all of a sudden think helping the poor, the needy, those who have lost not just their homes but all their worldly possessions, are not deserving of help.

Hurricane Katrina wreaked $84 billion in damage throughout Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, and Ohio. “Katrina hit Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2005,” NBC News notes. “President George W. Bush signed two Katrina spending bills totaling $62.3 billion, one signed on Sept. 2, 2005 and the other on Sept. 8, 2005.”

John Avlon at the Daily Beast notes that “[t]welve of the scarlet 67 voted for Hurricane Katrina relief—which passed ten days after that devastating Gulf Coast storm—but against Hurricane Sandy relief 69 days after its landfall in the Northeast. Their names: Trent Franks (AZ), Ed Royce (CA), Sam Graves (MO), Steve Pearce (NM), Steve Chabot (OH), Jimmy Duncan (TN), Kenny Marchant (TX), Randy Neugebauer (TX), Mac Thornberry (TX), Bob Goodlatte (VA), Tom Petri (WI), and Paul Ryan (WI).”

Yes, failed vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan — who wasn’t shy about “government handouts” in his younger days.

Note the complete list (below) includes prominent, outspoken, Louie “terror babies” Gohmert (R-TX).

Then, consider all the Congressmen from Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi, who were hit hardest by Katrina, and were financially supported by Congress in less than two weeks.

Justin Amash (R-MI)
Andy Barr (R-KY)
Dan Benishek (R-MI)
Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI)
Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
Jim Bridenstine (R-OK)
Mo Brooks (R-AL)
Paul Broun (R-GA)
Steve Chabot (R-OH)
Doug Collins (R-GA)
Mike Conaway (R-TX)
Tom Cotton (R-AR)
Steve Daines (R-MT)
Ron DeSantis (R-FL)
Scott DesJarlais (R-TN)
Sean Duffy (R-WI)
Jeff Duncan (R-SC)
Jimmy Duncan (R-TN)
Stephen Fincher (R-TN)
John Fleming (R-LA)
Bill Flores (R-TX)
Virginia Foxx (R-NC)
Trent Franks (R-AZ)
Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
Paul Gosar (R-AZ)
Trey Gowdy (R-SC)
Tom Graves (R-GA)
Sam Graves (R-MO)
Andrew Harris (R-MD)
George Holding (R-NC)
Richard Hudson (R-NC)
Tim Huelskamp (R-KS)
Randy Hultgren (R-IL)
Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)
Jim Jordan (R-OH)
Doug Lamborn (R-CO)
Kenny Marchant (R-TX)
Thomas Massie (R-KY)
Tom McClintock (R-CA)
Mark Meadows (R-NC)
Markwayne Mullin (R-OK)
Mick Mulvaney (R-SC)
Randy Neugebauer (R-TX)
Steven Palazzo (R-MI)
Steve Pearce (R-NM)
Scott Perry (R-PA)
Tom Petri (R-WI)
Mike Pompeo (R-KS)
Tom Price (R-GA)
Phil Roe (R-TN)
Todd Rokita (R-IN)
Keith Rothfus (R-PA)
Ed Royce (R-CA)
Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Matt Salmon (R-AZ)
David Schweikert (R-AZ)
Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI)
Marlin Stutzman (R-IN)
Mac Thornberry (R-TX)
Randy Weber (R-TX)
Brad Wenstrup (R-OH)
Roger Williams (R-TX)
Joe Wilson (R-SC)
Rob Woodall (R-GA)
Kevin Yoder (R-KS)
Ted Yoho (R-FL)

Remember these names. Bookmark this page. Send it to all your friends and family. And vote against these monsters.

List via Gawker

Image via Wikimedia by Tony Alter



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BishopAndrew January 5, 2013 at 12:28 pm

In case you are wondering about the view of disaster aid from the Tea Party it goes like this "If you are stupid enough to build on the coast and a horrible hurricane rolls in one day and destroys your home and business tough sh..t, if you can't afford the insurance it is also your fault not the insuracne companies, if you are middle class and do not have a back up of investments then you are a fool and the government is not going to bail you out! If you have lost everything you have no one to blame but yourselves and if you are poor you deserve to lose everything in the first place" that is why Paul Ryan and his fellow bastards who many dare to call themselves Christians voted against help for New Jersey and New York!

GZNYC January 5, 2013 at 1:13 pm

I can hardly believe these "Representatives" are voting the will of their constituents… I would hazard a guess that a reputable poll in any of these people's districts would prove otherwise. And some are saying they voted "NO" b/c of the "pork" in the bill (which I understand wasn't very much…) But, if this is the case, I would like to see a list of the pork and WHICH REPRESENTATIVE ADDED the "pork" to the bill so that these TeaThuglicans voted NO… the people who added the pork, need to be called out as well!

tomchicago01 January 5, 2013 at 8:35 pm

not kinder and not gentler, but very true to form: hooray for me and screw you.

GZNYC January 6, 2013 at 12:35 pm

there was no PORK in the $9.7 billion FEMA bill.. here's the link to the bill… show me the pork!!!

kristinet85 January 6, 2013 at 2:12 pm

One, please, get your facts straight. Two, Mississippi doesn't even have a congressman who voted against this and Louisiana only had 1 congressman vote against this bill. I get that people are upset by the fact this was shot down, I am, too. But before you go blaming two of the poorest states in the Union for this or dare make it seem as if they didn't deserve help after Katrina, have some solid facts to back it up. Because from what I see, Louisiana's one vote for no is greatly outnumbered by their six votes for yes.

LOrion January 6, 2013 at 3:31 pm

No, actually I am totally amazed our dyed in the wool Republican Wally Herger as his last vote after 22 years in the House was a Yes on this, and on the FiscalCliff bill. Our paper interviewed him, and he said it was just 'the right thing to do.'

ShadLacour January 6, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Louisiana! REALLY! Come on now John Fleming!

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