Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Entire NC Republican delegation opposes storm relief

The second part of the Sandy relief legislation--a $50 billion package to help New York, New Jersey, and other northeast states rebuild and prepare for future storms--passed the House of Representatives last night despite overwhelming Republican opposition--including "no" votes from every single member of North Carolina's Republican delegation.

Representatives Foxx, Holding, Hudson, and Meadows, who had already voted against borrowing to allow the National Flood Insurance Program to pay its obligations to victims, were joined in the latest vote by Representatives Coble, Ellmers, Jones, McHenry, and Pittenger.

All four NC Democratic representatives voted for the measures.

A closely-related measure that combined both parts of the House bill passed the Senate late last term with a bipartisan 62-32 vote. Democratic Senator Hagan voted for that measure; Republican Senator Burr voted against.

I can't predict the weather. But I can predict that the "attaboys" the Republican delegation are getting from its Tea Party supporters will be replaced with cries for federal relief when a big storm eventually hits Hurricane-prone NC.


Bob Grenier (@bubbanear) said...

Are we talking about the same "storm relief" bill that was loaded with pork unrelated to "storm relief"?

Are we talking about the same piece of legislation loaded with Democrat special interest payback?

Why yes, I think we are!

Of course the NC Democrats voted for it.

Funny, you didn't seem to mention those aspects in your partisan post.

We can ALWAYS predict the slant you love to put on issues like this.

Bob Grenier (@bubbanear) said...

On the other hand, if you want to criticize House Republicans, try talking about their failure to pass the legislation funding the $17 billion needed for actual mitigation of storm damage?

No, being intellectually honest along those lines never occurred to you, did it?

Dave Ribar said...


The final $50 billion bill included the $17 billion from the Rogers amendment (H.AMDT.3). Most of the NC Republican delegation (Foxx, Hudson, McHenry, Meadows, Pittenger) voted against this specific amendment (Coble, Ellmers, Holding, Jones voted for). Despite their opposition, the Rogers amendment passed, and $17 billion was included in the final bill.

The entire NC Republican delegation voted against the Frelinghuysen amendment (H.AMDT.5) to add $33 billion in additional assistance.

Finally, by voting against the final package, the entire NC Republican delegation effectively voted against both the $17 billion and the $33 billion. However, the final package passed, with the $17 billion included.

Bob Grenier (@bubbanear) said...

"Finally, by voting against the final package, the entire NC Republican delegation effectively voted against both the $17 billion and the $33 billion."

The final bill was laden with pork, as insisted upon by the Senate Dems, including Reid, Schumer, and Mark Begich. The pork consisted of appropriations not related to necessary and appropriate Sandy relief, such as planting trees on private properties, tunnels for Amtrak, vehicles for Homeland Security, fisheries in several states,and a National Water Priorities study.

Oh yes, let us not forget the Obama demand for some 15 billion in block grant money, included in the tally, and his his refusal to pay for ANY of the largess by finding money elsewhere in the budget for an offset, thus increasing the deficit.

But to small minded partisans like you, these provisions in the pork-laden monstrosity did not constitute a valid reason for any of the Republicans to oppose.

This is just another example of how you usually make your noxious assertions in ignorance, or in bad faith. You don't seem capable of making your points in any other way.

tarheelred said...

I have to agree with the content of Bob's note, if not the tone.

I would rather not see the federal government relied on to the extent it is for disaster relief. However, I understand that I may be wrong AND that I will almost certainly lose that argument.

But to vote against a bill that spends money on areas other than disaster relief? Hardly unreasonable.

By the way, I saw your name in the N&O today here in Raleigh; nice!

I stopped by and see that you are posting more often, I'll stop over more often.

Happy New Year!

Bob Grenier (@bubbanear) said...

Red, Ribar's premise ("Entire Republican delegation opposes storm relief") is WRONG, misleading, and typical of the way he likes to frame the issues discussed by claiming some non-existent moral high ground.

THAT'S the bottom line here.