Bloomberg: Blame pork, not Boehner, for Sandy relief delay; Update: $9.7 billion insurance funding for Sandy passes House

posted at 10:31 am on January 4, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

John Boehner got some unexpected support today over his off-again, on-again approach to the Hurricane Sandy relief bill.  Boehner has pledged to allow a vote on both bills, which probably saved his speakership, but not until after getting publicly blasted by fellow Republicans Chris Christie and Peter King.  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told a radio audience today that the ire was misdirected — and should have been aimed at legislators that exploited a crisis to fund their own hobby horses:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who previously declined to slam House Speaker John Boehner over Congress’ stalled Hurricane Sandy aid, took his argument to the next level this morning and suggested federal lawmakers are partially to blame for the delay in the vote on the package because they insert “things that are totally extraneous” into bills such as this. Although Mr. Bloomberg didn’t specify the extraneous problem items, the legislation has been criticized by Republicans like Rep. Paul Ryan for being “packed with funding for unrelated items, such as commercial fisheries in American Samoa and roof repair of museums in Washington, D.C.”

“There’s this ‘Christmas Tree effect’ where legislators put in their favorite bills and tack them onto something. The [Obama] administration does that, that’s why you have an omnibus bill–to force everybody to vote for things that would never stand up in the light of day if they were individual,” Mr. Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show with John Gambling. “I’m sympathetic. Yelling and screaming at [Mr. Boehner] is just not my style. It may be effective, it may not be. Everybody’s got to make their own decisions. I think the legislative leaders who criticize and those in the Legislature should stop and think, they do exactly the same thing in terms of ladling on things that are totally extraneous but it’s the only way they get them through.”

As I wrote three weeks ago, almost 25% of the $60-billion-plus package goes somewhere else than directly to the victims or the infrastructure actually damaged by the hurricane. We’re not just talking about a few million here and there, but more than $13 billion in unrelated spending attached to this bill.  While it may have been impolitic to slow down the bill’s progress to deal with the pork issue, it was hardly irrational.

Jen Rubin agrees, and wonders why few Republicans seemed interested in defending a demonstration of fiscal responsibility:

But virtually none in the mainstream media at the time would concede that the speaker of the House was dead right in holding the line on a $60 billion measure stuffed with add-ons having little to do with Sandy rebuilding. Only after Boehner’s delay did the media begin detailing the extraneous, expensive items thrown into the Sandy aid bill.

A few commentators have it exactly right (“Boehner, in a brief moment of fiscal sanity, decided the pork-laden Sandy relief bill might need a tad more examination before we rush to fix the roof on the Smithsonian Institution and subsidize fisheries in hurricane-ravaged Alaska”). The Wall Street Journal editorial board is blunt: “This legislative maneuvering took courage on the Speaker’s part. There was the predictable outrage from New York and New Jersey Democrats. But the sniping from inside the GOP has been unhinged. . . . Mr. Boehner’s sin was ensuring that the House had time to sort the pork from the parochial. Mr. Christie should thank him on behalf of New Jersey taxpayers.” It remains unclear why Christie, who has been a tough guardian of the public purse in Trenton, would not have “pointed out that Democrats from the rest of the country have jeopardized the aid by cynically using the bill for their own parochial interests.”

From Christie’s account, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R- Va.) was doing his best to rush the aid package through after the “fiscal cliff” vote. If so, the far right should reconsider whether he is really Boehner’s superior when it comes to fiscal discipline and political courage.

Still, one can cheer the fiscal responsibility while still criticizing the manner in which it took place.  Given the highly sensitive nature of disaster relief — which no one who watched the Katrina mess in 2005-6 should have underestimated — it behooved Boehner to  make sure people like Peter King and other House Republicans from New York and New Jersey were on board with his strategy.  This sounds like a communication problem, as well as a timing issue, and both of those problems point back to the leadership.

Bloomberg, unlike Christie and King, chose not to overreact, and assured his audience that the relief would come:

“It’ll have to go back to the Senate but the votes are there to pass it. It’ll come a few weeks later than I would have liked. But, you know, it’s easy to go criticize the guy. Running a legislature, as anyone that’s ever done it will tell you, it is not easy….It’s herding cats. They just passed a big tax bill with a lot of dissension about no spending cuts and I assume that the Speaker thought it was not a good time at that night to bring up a $60 billion bill….All that matters is that we get it done. And I think this will get done.”

It will now, certainly, but let’s hope we’re not shelling out $13 billion in extra cash to make it happen.  That, by the way, is more than 20% of the extra revenue that Obama’s tax increase will net this year using the static analysis favored by the White House.

Update: Boehner managed to easily pass the $9.7 billion portion, which funds FEMA to pay claims for Sandy on federal flood insurance policies, but it wasn’t unanimous:

The House has approved $9.7 billion in new aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy, a face-saving quick move taken three days after House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) earned scathing criticism from New York and New Jersey Republicans for canceling a late-night vote on the funds.

The bill, which will allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency to pay out claims to those who held federal flood insurance, was approved on a 354 to 67 vote. The Senate is expected to adopt it later Friday on a unanimous voice vote.

Boehner seems to have had reason to be concerned about bringing a larger $60 billion spending measure to the floor on Tuesday: All the votes against the smaller bill on Friday came from his own party members.

They were encouraged by the conservative Club for Growth, which argued the additional disaster spending should be offset with cuts to other government programs. The continued GOP opposition could spell trouble for a larger $51 billion Sandy bill that Boehner has promised will come before the House on Jan. 15.

Expect a bigger fight over the remaining portion.


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Blind squirrel, broken clock, and all that.

Archivarix on January 4, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Even a stopped clock is right two times a day.

Ward Cleaver on January 4, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Doesn’t Bloomberg also blame large soda drinks too.

Oil Can on January 4, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Peter King jumped the shark on this one.

Rovin on January 4, 2013 at 10:39 AM

King was backstroking yesterday.He was for that pork before he was against it.

docflash on January 4, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Little Hitler

Tiny tyrant

Diminutive dictator

Smallish Stalin

Leprechaun liberal

darwin on January 4, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Wow.. So Christie is a blowhard who enjoys mugging for cameras. And his “performance” on Wednesday had nothing to do with helping NJ and everything to do with his desire to be President. That shocks me… It wasn’t like he tanked Romney’s campaign or anything in order to get some free press.

Illinidiva on January 4, 2013 at 10:44 AM

This sounds like a communication problem, as well as a timing issue, and both of those problems point back to the leadership.

This is the bane of the entire Republican Party—their pathetically illiterate ability to properly communicate to the masses.

Rovin on January 4, 2013 at 10:44 AM

This story is confusing to me. What is the money for?

Bmore on January 4, 2013 at 10:44 AM

The feral government is not supposed to be paying for repairs every time a storm hits somewhere. People have to buy their own insurance. This idea that the feral govenrment’s job is to take money from the rest of us to rebuild someone else’s house is ridiculous. This junk has to stop at some point. The ridiculous Sandy bill is over $60 billion while the entire annual budget of New Jersey is less than $30 billion. WTFF?

Meanwhile, Barky, the MSM and the rest couldn’t even be bothered with the Nashville floods or the midwest ice storm.

If people are hurting so badly in New York then let the midget stalin reach into his own pocket and find a few billion for them. He had no problem spending hundreds of millions to get a 6 figure job as mayor. If he thinks that people in New York need cash, let him tax himself and fish them out some money. He’s got tens of billions.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 4, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Speaking of the War on Bacon, I miss Kelly Maher.

“There’s this ‘Christmas Tree effect’ where legislators put in their favorite bills and tack them onto something. The [Obama] administration does that, that’s why you have an omnibus bill–to force everybody to vote for things that would never stand up in the light of day if they were individual,” Mr. Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show with John Gambling.

Hm. Someone should look into this before it catches on.

Axe on January 4, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Peter King jumped the shark on this one.

Rovin on January 4, 2013 at 10:39 AM

He does so on a regular basis.

Illinidiva on January 4, 2013 at 10:45 AM

I vote no on the whole thing. Given that they voted to raise my taxes and keep borrowing money on my daughter’s credit, I really couldn’t care less about “disaster relief” for blue staters. How about giving us all some disaster relief: stop voting for liberals.

SAMinVA on January 4, 2013 at 10:46 AM

King’s in the House, right?

Did he not read it and see it was full of crap?

BallisticBob on January 4, 2013 at 10:48 AM

From Christie’s account, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R- Va.) was doing his best to rush the aid package through after the “fiscal cliff” vote.

Eric, Boobie, say it ain’t so…

Mr. Arrogant on January 4, 2013 at 10:49 AM

All the pork will be moo shu, shu ’nuff.

cbenoistd on January 4, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Peter King jumped the shark on this one.

Rovin on January 4, 2013 at 10:39 AM

He does regularly. Any good NY RINO gun grabber can’t help themselves. I wonder how his CAIR investigation is coming along?

Mr. Arrogant on January 4, 2013 at 10:51 AM

It’s not every day we witness a flaming liberal pass up an opportunity to trash a Republican. Why do taxpayers have to pick up the tab in the first place? Either they have insurance, or they can suffer the consequences of their shortsightedness.

cajunpatriot on January 4, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Rita was a Cat 3 storm when it came ashore, Ike was a cat 2 when it came ashore.

Sandy wasn’t even a hurricane when it made landfall.

The combined federal aid for Rita and Ike are about 10% of the Sandy proposed aid.

Why is the US taxpayer being soaked for all this extra Sandy “relief?” Why cant New York and New Jersey help themselves just a little?

elowe on January 4, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Give it time. Eventually, if the money doesn’t come ‘fast enough’, Bloomie will be back to, “Boehner is holding up our much-needed relief! The Republicans don’t care about the little guy!”

Liam on January 4, 2013 at 10:51 AM

I have been wondering since yesterday: Does anyone one know which senators slipped which pork into the bill? And if so, shouldn’t they be blamed for relief delay to the east coast?

apostic on January 4, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Republicans are too stupid to trumpet that they’re doing the right thing. They should be reaming Dems for trying to take advantage of the situation.

Where are the damn charts listing the stupid pet Dem project along with the name of the representative who proposed it?

Republicans are gutless weasels who, I gather, are too afraid to expose these charlatans because they’ll get exposed the next time around.

I’m beginning to wonder whether speedy trials and summary executions may be the answers for at least 537 people in DC.

BuckeyeSam on January 4, 2013 at 10:53 AM

sometimes bloomberg just surprises me! he told 0bama to stay home after the hurricane and now this. he’s not a republican by any means but he seems to do better than christie in certain situations.

chasdal on January 4, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Rita was a Cat 3 storm when it came ashore, Ike was a cat 2 when it came ashore.

Sandy wasn’t even a hurricane when it made landfall.

The combined federal aid for Rita and Ike are about 10% of the Sandy proposed aid.

Why is the US taxpayer being soaked for all this extra Sandy “relief?” Why cant New York and New Jersey help themselves just a little?

elowe on January 4, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Aren’t you aware that the Northeast is vastly superior to any other part of the country?…

mnjg on January 4, 2013 at 10:57 AM

The House should strip the pork, which is about half of the $60 billion entitlement proposed, then send it back to the Senate to let Reid deal with it. And make sure the news is out there of what the House did and why.

Not that I expect the Pubs will do it or that it’ll matter. Reid will say the House version is ‘unacceptable’ without explaining why, and the MSM will just go along with Reid. Without their usual and famous ‘fact-checking’ scam operation, of course.

Liam on January 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Illinidiva on January 4, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Yep, I think that pretty much summarizes my governor.

DaveDief on January 4, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Did he not read it and see it was full of crap?

BallisticBob on January 4, 2013 at 10:48 AM

King and Christie have proven to be nothing more than greedy little pigs who don’t give a damn about anything but their own self-interests. I’ve always detested Christie but King has demonstrated some common sense when it comes to national security. Said it turns out that he too is nothing but a moocher.

Happy Nomad on January 4, 2013 at 11:04 AM

CNN is running a report with some snippets of pitiful mutts whinging they need a bailout, as background for discussion about aid funding bill voting. These people are sad-sacking around their properties ‘the mold is growing, we can’t get any people to take care of it, we need tens of thousands’. Standing there with their hands in their pockets, wearing their bling. What they need if a couple spray bottles or better yet a garden sprayer, a couple gallons of bleach, and several gallons of distilled water. ~$50. Mix it up in a 10% solution and get busy. Instead of sitting around complaining about the mold expanding.

It’s been 10 weeks. Why haven’t they managed or at least been informed on how to do this?

http://blackmold.awardspace.com/kill-remove-mold.html

rayra on January 4, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Yep, I think that pretty much summarizes my governor.

DaveDief on January 4, 2013 at 11:03

I’m sorry. Krispy Kreme is going to be even more unsufferable over the next four years than he has been during the last three because he is running for President in 2016. Hopefully his campaign will end in a massive flameout that makes Hillary’s 2008 downfall look tame by comparison.

King and Christie have proven to be nothing more than greedy little pigs who don’t give a damn about anything but their own self-interests.

In Krispy Kreme’s case.. a greedy supersized pig would be a better metaphor.

Illinidiva on January 4, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Even if they take out the $13B pork, where is the remaining $47B going to come from? Magic Unicorn Dust?

KS Rex on January 4, 2013 at 11:15 AM

I’m surprised by Gloomy’s comments. I applaud Boehner for stopping the vote. It’s time for bills in Congress, especially spending bills, to be limited to specific purposes and not have other irrelevant things attached to them. And the House should just vote down the pork part of this thing when it considers it next week.

stukinIL4now on January 4, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Christie loves pork, isn’t it obvious???…

PatriotRider on January 4, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Rita was a Cat 3 storm when it came ashore, Ike was a cat 2 when it came ashore.

Sandy wasn’t even a hurricane when it made landfall.

The combined federal aid for Rita and Ike are about 10% of the Sandy proposed aid.

Why is the US taxpayer being soaked for all this extra Sandy “relief?” Why cant New York and New Jersey help themselves just a little?

elowe on January 4, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Because “Cat 2 or 3″ describes the strength of a storm, not the damage…sheesh.

I agree with why can’t NY and NJ help, but the premise of the storm not being more destructive is foolish because it wasn’t a “hurricane”.

right2bright on January 4, 2013 at 11:19 AM

I’ve always detested Christie but King has demonstrated some common sense when it comes to national security. Said it turns out that he too is nothing but a moocher.

Happy Nomad on January 4, 2013 at 11:04 AM

I’ve “defended” Dianne Feinstein (at times) over the years for her stance on national security, but it seems she’s also sunken to new lows by her latest “media-attention” insanity to rid us all of our 2nd amendment rights. The libs are coming out of their closets in droves and no longer hiding their agendas. Scary.

Rovin on January 4, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Even if

they take out the $13B pork, where is the remaining $47B going to come from? Magic Unicorn Dust?

KS Rex on January 4, 2013 at 11:15 AM

This is the problem…we have (had) plenty of money to help in disasters, help the “least among us”, but not now because we wasted it other items of much less priority, it because an issue and a burden.

A sound government fiscally, is able to lend that helping hand, and everyone can feel good about helping their fellow man…but now that has been taken because we spend money on cell phones, and other foolish programs.

right2bright on January 4, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Bloomberg: Blame pork, not Boehner, for Sandy relief delay

… WHAT?…Nanny has a brain?

KOOLAID2 on January 4, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Bloomberg is right this and King knows it. That bill has more pork fat than a 700 pound hog and King needs to take a hike and shut up.

rplat on January 4, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Christie loves pork, isn’t it obvious???…

PatriotRider on January 4, 2013 at 11:19 AM

…it’s thyroid money!

KOOLAID2 on January 4, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Barack Obama and Harry Reid are directly responsible for this because of their refusal to pass a budget. Without a budget, where are these poor senators going to put their pork, why into emergency spending, that’s where.

If Boehner doesn’t force them to pass a budget, he’s not worth his salt and has no leadership or planning skills. He can do it, just by refusing to deal with bloated bills and budget items being thrown into them. Just warn them NOW and do what you say and don’t allow yourself to be driven by Pravda and Izvestia.

bflat879 on January 4, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Talk about the middle class being asked to bail out millionaires and billionaires.

I’m sorry if your 2.5 million dollar house built directly into the sand dunes 20 feet away from the ocean got destroyed by a slight storm surge. Why am I am expected to pay for any part of that? Also, why do we have a federal flood insurance program that I subsidize regularly from my non-flood prone location an hour inland?

And we all know that none or next to none of this money is going to actual people whos $800,000 + houses where destroyed(I’m serious, look up how much it costs to buy a house on the beach in NJ.) and that this money is meant to reimburse state & local government so that they don’t have to absorb the costs of police overtime, etc.

How that or anything else could cost $60 billion before or even after insurance payouts (which also comes from the federal govt’s flood insurance program) is beyond me.

Timin203 on January 4, 2013 at 11:31 AM

rayra on January 4, 2013 at 11:09 AM

In this day and age you expect them to do for themselves when it is easier to have others to for them. //s

chemman on January 4, 2013 at 11:36 AM

they are counting votes for electorial college today in a joint session!

Everybody got to bash Boehner on the floor as well as Pelosi in her weekly presser.

No one dang R that I saw got up there and made the case about not only Pork but about how in 2013 we are not in the same fiscal position we were during the other natural disasters. How due to the fact that this govt wastes billions in every area of the government and continues to fund….tax credits and subsidies, studies for monkey’s and pot, squirrels doing whatever,etc.

From what I understand of this $9B bill passed today in the House was to increase our borrowing for the Flood Insurance Program.

Not one person mentioned what happens when the US can’t borrow at the rate it currently is borrowing….or what happens when we can’t print anymore due to runaway inflation!!!!

CoffeeLover on January 4, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Only sane thing this man has ever said. I think I might just go buy a lottery ticket today, because I never thought I’d agree with the wee man on anything.

totherightofthem on January 4, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Because “Cat 2 or 3″ describes the strength of a storm, not the damage…sheesh.

I agree with why can’t NY and NJ help, but the premise of the storm not being more destructive is foolish because it wasn’t a “hurricane”.

right2bright on January 4, 2013 at 11:19 AM

So I guess Ike going coming ashore in Galveston, and continuing through downtown Houston, and ravaging a area of 8+ million people doesn’t cause significant damage?

We were without power for 17 days in Sept in Houston…it gets pretty rank without a fan when its 90 and 605 humidity. Oh, and it stays pretty warm at night. I didn’t cry. I didn’t stand around with my hands in my pockets waiting for someone to pick up my house or replace my roof. I didn’t wait for my govt check, and I never wanted one, and never got one.

Sheesh

Still cant see how Sandy could have caused nearly the destruction of Ike, and how it should command 10X the relief aid.

elowe on January 4, 2013 at 11:40 AM

right2bright on January 4, 2013 at 11:19 AM

NY/NJ knew this was possible and did nothing to mitigate the potential damage. These storms have happened in the past. Just like NO spending the federal monies meant to strengthen their infrastructure on other things. This is mostly their own doing. So regardless of the damage caused by the confluence of a subtropical storm with a tropical storm I am compassioned out.

chemman on January 4, 2013 at 11:42 AM

S

till cant see how Sandy could have caused nearly the destruction of Ike, and how it should command 10X the relief aid.

elowe on January 4, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Sandy alone couldn’t have caused the damage. It was the confluence of a subtropical storm with sandy plus a lunar high tide that widened the amount of damage from the storm. It has all been put under the name sandy.

chemman on January 4, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Hey, speaking of pork.
How’s this?
$20 million, a forced gift from the taxpayers to the Royal Family.

http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2013/01/04/taxpayer-bill-obamas-hawaii-vacations-20-million/

Hey, the nofiscal cliff bill was loaded with pork, why not stick it to the taxpayers again with Sandy? Never let a crisis go to waste: in these cases it was turn any bill into stimulus for Hollywood, Amtrak, Nascar, Algae, $8 million to buy Volts for Big Sis & Eric Holder’s departments, are we crazy?

Belle on January 4, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Man, you shoulda seen ‘ol Peter King on CNN lambasting Daryl Issa over the latter’s statement that the Sandy bill had too much pork in it. I was embarrassed for King. He screeched on and on that Issa was 1000% wrong, and then King had the audacity to claim that there was “absolutely not one bit of pork in that bill.”

If I didn’t know better, I’d say Peter King is a liberal in meltdown. Lost lots of respect for him and Chris I-want-to-make-love-to-Bruce Springsteen-Christie over this.

And Christie is definitely NOT suited for the Presidency.

LetsBfrank on January 4, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Boehner has pledged to allow a vote on both bills, which probably saved his speakership

?????????????

Mr. Arkadin on January 4, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Sandy Relief: The “Boston Tea Party of 2013?”

If “The New revolution” is to begin, let it be now, over the Sandy Relief. The irresponsibility of congress has reach new lows in the history of our Government. For sympathy they still paint us a picture of huddling masses, without food water, shelter or basic utilities. Yet this event occurred over 2 months ago.

Congress just took us to the brink of a fiscal cliff with three more ahead of us yet they seem to be concerned only with loading this $60B bill with nearly $40B in “OTHER” unrelated expenditures.

“We The People” need to take a stand here and now for a “CLEAN” Sandy Relief Bill that will do the work that is needed.

Any member of Congress in this time of Fiscal Crisis that will not stand for a clean Sandy Relive Bill and allows the unrelated expenditures to go forward needs to be hauled into the Court of Public Opinion and if found guilty by the People, sentence to obscurity, never to return to Congress, for abuse of the Public trust.

If we are ever to work our way out of this morass, this must start here and now.

jpcpt03 on January 4, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Bloomberg: Blame pork, not Boehner, for Sandy relief delay

HOLY CR@P – I ACTUALLY AGREE WITH SOMETHING BLOOMBERG SAID…

easyt65 on January 4, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Some of these big mouth complainers (King, Christie) should take a step back and make sure they know what they’re talking about spouting off to the press. Bloviating jacka$$es. This has become quite characteristic of Mr. Christie, I don’t know about King. But if he thinks that makes him presidential material he’s dead wrong. Nobody needs a bully to run next time around.

scalleywag on January 4, 2013 at 12:25 PM

I’m surprised by Gloomy’s comments. I applaud Boehner for stopping the vote. It’s time for bills in Congress, especially spending bills, to be limited to specific purposes and not have other irrelevant things attached to them. And the House should just vote down the pork part of this thing when it considers it next week.

stukinIL4now on January 4, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Agreed, and I will go you one better. Congress should not tackle any bill that involves expenditures in the week (or two) prior to a break. Let them spend the time naming post offices and doing all of the other “critical” work during that period instead. Maybe they can even take the time to review pending bills instead. This nonsense of rushing through huge fiscal outlays at the last minute has to stop. It is irresponsible.

onlineanalyst on January 4, 2013 at 12:25 PM

HOLY CR@P – I ACTUALLY AGREE WITH SOMETHING BLOOMBERG SAID…

easyt65 on January 4, 2013 at 12:11 PM

I know, right? It’s amazing. Usually I see his pic and think “now what.”

scalleywag on January 4, 2013 at 12:27 PM

They were encouraged by the conservative Club for Growth, which argued the additional disaster spending should be offset with cuts to other government programs. The continued GOP opposition could spell trouble for a larger $51 billion Sandy bill that Boehner has promised will come before the House on Jan. 15.

Hmmmmm…. PayGo?

Hill60 on January 4, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Does anyone have a list of the 67 r’s that voted against this bill? I have looked and can’t find their names or why they voted against this anyplace?
L

letget on January 4, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Update: Boehner managed to easily pass the $9.7 billion portion, which funds FEMA to pay claims for Sandy on federal flood insurance policies, but it wasn’t unanimous:

Smart. Instead of being forced to an up-or-down vote on a huge package that’s stuffed with unrelated pork, split out the part that’s actually non-controversial and needed quickly, and address the rest later. By which time, they may well be able to make the case that the crisis is already past, and pass a sane bill.

Crisis is one of the main techniques the progressives keep using to get their way. They keep inventing or creating a crisis that demands an immediate action so that the opposition can’t refuse to go along without looking callous. This approach is a really sound way to defuse the immediate crisis and undermine the panic approach.

It’s also the principle reason that making the tax cuts permanent and permanently fixing the AMT will do so much good. The Democrats were using these expiring fixes to force a perpetual state of crisis. There’s still a lot of kicking the can down the road going on, but fixing those two was huge.

Boehner is still a horrible negotiator, but I’m beginning to think he might be learning to stop being so easily manipulated.

tom on January 4, 2013 at 1:21 PM

It was the confluence of a subtropical storm with sandy plus a lunar high tide that widened the amount of damage from the storm. It has all been put under the name sandy.

chemman on January 4, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Oh, well then by all means, where can I send my personal check?

Look, I just checked, and my give-a-$hit gage…. it is low.

I was thinking, didnt the US front Wall Street about $700 billion in TARP aid, and then the banks and investment co’s etc paid themselves handsome bonuses? over and over?

Let Goldman Sachs and AIG kick in for this one. I am tapped.

NYC, New Jersey…too big to fail. Own it.

elowe on January 4, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Holding up the Sandy bill would have been the right thing to do…..if they weren’t going to pass the same bill a few days later anyway. Since they are, there was no point.

xblade on January 4, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Republicans who voted no:

Mo Brooks-AL 5
Tom Cotton-AR 4
Paul Gosar-AZ 4
Matt Salmon-AZ 5
David Schweikert-AZ 6
Trent Franks-AZ 8
Tom McClintock-CA 4
Ed Royce-CA 39
Doug Lamborn-CO 5
Ted Yoho-FL 3
Ron DeSantis-FL 6
Tom Price-GA 6
Rob Woodall-GA 7
Doug Collins-GA 9
Paul Broun-GA 10
Tom Graves-GA 14
Randy Hultgren-IL 14
Marlin Stutzman-IN 3
Todd Rokita-IN 4
Tim Huelskamp-KS 1
Lynn Jenkins-KS 2
Kevin Yoder-KS 3
Mike Pompeo-KS 4
Thomas Massie-KY 4
Andy Barr-KY 6
John Fleming-LA 4
Andy Harris-MD 1
Dan Benishek-MI 1
Justin Amash-MI 3
Kerry Bentivolio-MI 11
Sam Graves-MO 6
Steven Palazzo-MS 4
Steve Daines-MT
Virginia Foxx-NC 5
Richard Hudson-NC 8
Mark Meadows-NC 11
George Holding-NC 13
Steve Pearce-NM 2
Steve Chabot-OH 1
Brad Wenstrup-OH 2
Jim Jordan-OH 4
Jim Bridenstine-OK 1
Markwayne Mullin-OK 2
Scott Perry-PA 4
Keith Rothfus-PA 12
Joe Wilson-SC 2
Jeff Duncan-SC 3
Trey Gowdy-SC 4
Mick Mulvaney-SC 5
Phil Roe-TN 1
John Duncan-TN 2
Scott DesJarlais-TN 4
Marsha Blackburn-TN 7
Stephen Fincher-TN 8
Louis Gohmert-TX 1
Michael Conaway-TX 11
Mac Thornberry-TX 13
Randy Weber-TX 14
Bill Flores-TX 17
Randy Neugebauer-TX 19
Kenny Marchant-TX 24
Roger Williams-TX 25
Bob Goodlatte-VA 6
Paul Ryan-WI 1
James Sensenbrenner-WI 5
Tom Petri-WI 6
Sean Duffy-WI 7

topdawg on January 4, 2013 at 4:55 PM