Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Oklahoma Senators Jim Inhofe, Tom Coburn, Face Difficult Options On Disaster Relief

right wing chickens are continually coming home to roost.
Article PhotoWASHINGTON -- As frantic rescue missions continued Monday in Oklahoma following thecatastrophic tornadoes that ripped through the state, it appeared increasingly likely that residents who lost homes and businesses would turn to the federal government for emergency disaster aid. That could put the state's two Republican senators in an awkward position.
Sens. Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn, both Republicans, are fiscal hawks who have repeatedly voted against funding disaster aid for other parts of the country. They also have opposed increased funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which administers federal disaster relief.
Late last year, Inhofe and Coburn both backed a plan to slash disaster relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy. In a December press release, Coburn complained that the Sandy Relief bill contained "wasteful spending," and identified a series of items he objected to, including "$12.9 billion for future disaster mitigation activities and studies." 
they are not caring about the voters they claim allegiance to, like cantor they need to screw another part of society in order to approve saving their own.
Coburn spokesman John Hart on Monday evening confirmed that the senator will seek to ensure that any additional funding for tornado disaster relief in Oklahoma be offset by cuts to federal spending elsewhere in the budget. "That's always been his position [to offset disaster aid]," Hart said. "He supported offsets to the bill funding the OKC bombing recovery effort." Those offsets were achieved in 1995 by tapping federal funds that had not yet been appropriated.
In 2011, both senators opposed legislation that would have granted necessary funding for FEMA when the agency was set to run out of money. Sending the funds to FEMA would have been "unconscionable," Coburn said at the time.
they claim right to life and deny it in the next breath, those who voted for these persons, how you feel about yourself?  they really need to change the oath of office to pledge to deprive one half of the country in order to save a fraction of it, stinks of disdain for those they have to help with disaster but mixed because of the pleasure of cutting something for the rest of us.