Politics/Law/Government

GOP senators vote against Sandy relief: Screw these guys

Here’s a list of the estimable members of the US Senate who voted against disaster relief for New Jersey, Connecticut and New York yesterday. There are 32 of them. They’re all Republicans, of course. They mostly come from Red States. One is a former Presidential candidate, and several others have run for the presidency. Not only that, they mostly come from taker states–states that get back more in federal money than they pay in US taxes.

We’ve discussed this issue before, but this type of vote highlights these differences in an interesting and unfortunate way. These guys really hate us. Booman has the right idea–the next time Marco Rubio or Jeff Sessions asks for federal disaster assistance for some whopping hurricane that has wiped out half his state, or the idiot Blunt expects disaster assistance for some pack of tornadoes that has taken out dozens of trailer parks, we tell them to go away and take care of themselves. Since they don’t want to fund themselves, or the rest of us, let’s just tell these guys to go screw themselves. It’s time for actions like these to have consequences.

Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coats (R-IN)
Coburn (R-OK)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lee (R-UT)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Moran (R-KS)
Paul (R-KY)
Portman (R-OH)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rubio (R-FL)
Sessions (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Toomey (R-PA)

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  1. Don’t know if you remember, but during the oil crises of the 70s and early 80s, a number of Texans affixed bumper stickers to their vehicles saying, “Let ’em freeze in the dark.” When I moved to Texas in the 80s during an oil bust, and after the US had kicked in hundreds of billions to rescue the Texas banks and its economy, you could still see those bumper stickers everywhere.

    I think some cultures just foster meanness.

    • Yeah, I do remember those bumper stickers. I’ve always hated Texas, especially after being stationed there in 1969. Another country entirely.

      • Those of us from out of state — and there were many in our neighborhood — called ourselves “expats.” It’s not like we made it up and suggested that we use the term. It just happened, and it seemed to fit.

  2. NOT taking care of people because you think the ass cheek representing them is a moron isn’t right either. Hate breeds MORE hate. When does it stop? It ends with ME….and YOU….and voting in people who represent us when we have a choice

  3. I hear what you’re saying, R. Herbert-Mariano. Another way to look at this, though, is that these people are representing the people who voted for them in the way the people who voted for them want. Perhaps it’s time that they learned the lesson that they cannot expect to take and take from other parts of the country and never give back — even for disaster relief.

    Really, I don’t know how they’re ever going to learn this lesson unless they’re forced to confront the fact that selfishness has consequences.

    • Really, I don’t know how they’re ever going to learn this lesson unless they’re forced to confront the fact that selfishness has consequences.

      Yeah, although this assumes that they’re smart enough to understand the lesson and rational enough to care. Not sure I see much evidence for either at this point. My view is more direct: at some point, you just have to cut the idiots loose whether they get it or not.

  4. Not sure where you are getting this info from? The Senate passed a funding resolution 89-8 for the relief funding. While the House failed to vote at all!

    • Tom–if you check the link in the post, it takes you to the vote. This is for Sandy relief, and the vote was 62-32, so it did pass. I think you’re confusing this with the fiscal cliff legislation. You’re right, though–the House couldn’t even be bothered to vote on this.

      • It did pass on a second vote. The bill voted on in the first vote included many other things than just Sandy relief, which seemed really out of line. I am still appalled that these victims are still without aid over 60 days after the disaster, and other recent disasters saw relief aid provided within two weeks at the most! Heartless and disgusting, even though they now have the beginnings of aid coming.

  5. None of these guys voted against Sandy Relief. They voted against Pork. Why did the bill include $28 millions dollars for military bases in Guantanamo and $2 million to repair the Smithsonian roof that predates the storm. Your right “actions like these to have consequences” and the cowards who voted for this bill added $100 million dollars in pork. One tenth of a billion dollers because the rest of the Senate didn’t have the guts to vote no and insist on a clean relief bill and just voted with the herd.

  6. I am fed up with all of them. Why did the republicans vote against this much needed bill because in my opinion they’ all assholes ,every one of them and than some.The garbage that was attached to this bill that had nothing to do with the storm should never have gotten into the bill in the first place .The answer to Lee R/Utah in reference to trillions in debt that out country is in was inappropriate and disgraceful when talking about this disaster..Every one of them should vote to cut aid in half to every foreign country .That money could be put for disaster relief within our country for the present and future.Than we would not have to wait for debate and votes..Shame on the Speaker of the House for postponing the bills passage,shame on the President for not insisting they don’t go home for break until the vote at the end of last year .Lets see how fast the President now fights for immigration reform,lets see Lee talk about the deficit then. Here’s a novel idea: All those here illegally/undocumented get specialized social security numbers, get legal jobs ,pay taxes, stay clean(no arrests/indictments etc) for 5 Yrs at which time they get a green card and ultimately down the line citizenship.After that anyone without necessary papers is deported/ case closed. Lastly to all those 32 senators who voted against superstorm Sandy relief SHAME ON YOU is not strong enough your DISGRACEFUL BEHAVIOR should not be forgotten because in my opinion you showed prejudice in its worse form – when your own people needed help you each failed them .

  7. Not taking either side but…… hey guys break out the calculator..32 Republicans voted against..a total of 180 votes against the relief package 32-180=148 “no votes”! only 32 were Republicans!..hmmmmm.. Democrats and independents also voted “no” 148 of them!. Before you trash someone at least put ALL the facts out there. One thing I hate more than stupid politicians and that is biased reporting of slanted facts. If you’re going to present yourselves as a news reporting agency than please don’t follow the rest of the biased media..put ALL the facts on the table and let us make up our “own” minds. Just Saying!

  8. Um, PeteB? There are only 100 Senators. I think you’re referring to the House vote, where, yes, there were 180 votes against Sandy relief. 179 of those votes were Republican. Next time, check your facts, which took me about 30 seconds to establish. Just saying! Thanks for stopping by.

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