Friday, September 20, 2013

As predictable as the weather

By Mustang Bobby

ThinkProgress notes that the four Colorado Republican House members who demanded federal aid for relief from the flood-stricken Front Range also voted against federal aid for relief for the states hit by Hurricane Sandy last year.
Colorado Republican Reps. Mike Coffman, Cory Gardner, Doug Lamborn, and Scott Tipton joined their delegation in asking the president to send emergency funds to help their constituents combat and recover from the more than 14 inches of rain that have flooded Colorado this month.

All four also signed onto a July 10, 2013 letter from the entire delegation to President Obama asking him for a federal major disaster declaration for summer wildfires. Their request noted that such a declaration would “provide urgently needed resources and support to the state, communities, and especially the families who have been uprooted by these wildfires.”

But back in January, a vote in the House of Representatives provided $50 billion in Sandy relief, yet among those voting against the bill were Coffman, Gardner, Lamborn, and Tipton. Their opposition stemmed, in part, because they we unable to steer some of the Sandy aid to their own state. Though he had himself sought disaster aid after damages from Colorado wildfires in June 2012, Lamborn evenvoted against a smaller $9 billion emergency Sandy relief bill 11 days earlier.

Note the part that says they voted against it not because they’re fiscal conservatives and didn’t want to spend the money. It’s because they couldn’t steer any of the money to Colorado.

(Cross-posted at Bark Bark Woof Woof.)

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