MAP: In These 22 States, Every House Republican Voted Against Sandy Aid
Almost three months after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast, the GOP-controlled House approved a bill that provides $50.7 billion in disaster relief for the storm's victims. While passage of the bill is being hailed as a bipartisan success by some (the vote was 241-180), a closer look at how the parties voted by state lines indicates otherwise. GOPers overwhelmingly voted against funding—unless, of course, their state was hard hit.
In 22 states, every last Republican representative voted against H.R. 152 or abstained on the bill, which includes $17 billion for immediate repair and an amendment introduced by a Republican, New Jersey Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, that tacks on another $33.7 billion for long-term recovery and prevention. These included Maryland and the Carolinas (remember Hugo and Floyd?), states that are vulnerable to seasonal hurricanes but were largely spared by Sandy.
There were only five states whose Republican members all voted in favor of aid. These were New Jersey and New York, which took the brunt of the storm; West Virginia, which also suffered damage; and the unaffected states North Dakota and Alaska, which have just one representative apiece. In Virginia and Pennsylvania, which were hit by the storm but not devastated, Republicans voted both ways. By contrast, almost every Democrat who voted on the bill—even in states far from harm, including California, Colorado, Missouri, and Nevada—voted for it. The lone Dem dissenter: Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee.
Click on the interactive map below to find out who voted in the all-or-nothing states.
This post was modified from its original form on 17 Jan, 6:38
I cannot believe that they voted against relief again. The interactive map is very informative of who these people are who care nothing for their brothers and sisters from the Northeast.
But, when it hits their states, they are the first ones in line looking for disaster aid.
Peter King got it right, get out of NY when you are looking for campaign funding for your next election.
I am so tired of the dysfunction, hatred and contempt found in Congress.
No wonder they rated below herpes and cockroaches on likeability scale.
This is another article from a conservative source which states same and gives more concise details on who voted how.
This post was modified from its original form on 17 Jan, 6:46
Come on Sheila. This legislation is slathered with pork grease. $50 million for rich people to plant trees on their estates, A hidden grant of $5.3 billion for the Corp Of Engineers that isn't even specified to the hurricane relief area. $12.9 Billion for future events and studies that is, in effect a slush fund. Money for wildfires and droughts. Money for an Alaska fishery. The list goes on.
Some of this legislation may have merit, but how about a clean bill? One that is JUST for relief? But the politicians and the political class just can't "let a good crisis to go to waste", can they? This is simply corruption.
Bohener and gang cleaned up bill this one has no pork, the first one did.