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Fri Sep 8, 2017, 04:25 PM

Four Texas Republicans just voted against Harvey disaster aid

Source: Washington Post

Four Texas Republicans just voted against Harvey disaster aid

By Amber Phillips September 8 at 2:25 PM

While parts of Texas are still submerged from the historic flooding wrought by Hurricane Harvey, four members of Congress who represent the state voted against sending it billions in federal disaster aid.

GOP Reps. Joe Barton, Jeb Hensarling, Sam Johnson and Mac Thornberry all voted no on a $15.25 billion aid package Friday that is on its way to President Trump's desk. Much of that money will boost federal emergency responders and help small businesses and homeowners rebuild. Some of it could go to victims of Hurricane Irma, which is barreling toward Florida this weekend.

These lawmakers say they didn't like what the Harvey aid was packaged with: a three-month lift of the debt ceiling to let the U.S. Treasury borrow more money and a short-term budget that basically extends last year's budget for another three months. As usual in Washington, the hang-up sits at the nexus of money and making a political statement about money.

The four Texas lawmakers who voted no all scrambled to make clear they support the government helping their state recover from rainfall totals so unprecedented that weather forecasters had to invent a new color for their maps. Earlier in the week, the entire Texas delegation voted for an $8 billion package for Harvey victims. After Trump made a deal with Democrats on the debt ceiling and budget, that original package died in the Senate, which instead passed a measure with the additional provisions. The House did the same Friday. Estimates for Harvey cleanup go as high as $150 billion.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Sep 8, 2017, 04:27 PM

1. How the FUCK can they keep getting re-elected?

 

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Response to Chasstev365 (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 8, 2017, 05:02 PM

2. hopefully this will be the straw that breaks the camels back

but I'm not counting on it....cause republican voters seem to be trained like pavlov dogs

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Fri Sep 8, 2017, 05:03 PM

3. And Texas Republicans will reelect them sure as hell.

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