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March 28, 2015

Coburn Wants Tornado Disaster Aid to Be Offset

The tornado damage near Oklahoma City is still being assessed and the death toll is expected to rise, but already Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., says he will insist that any federal disaster aid be paid for with cuts elsewhere.

CQ Roll Call reporter Jennifer Scholtes wrote for Monday evening that Coburn said he would “absolutely” demand offsets for any federal aid that Congress provides.

Coburn added, Scholtes wrote, that it is too early to guess at a damage toll but that he knows for certain he will fight to make sure disaster funding that the federal government contributes is paid for. It’s a position he has taken repeatedly during his career when Congress debates emergency funding for disaster aid.

Scholtes points out that Coburn was one of 36 Republican senators who voted against disaster funding for Superstorm Sandy in January.

A tornado or tornadoes that ripped through central Oklahoma have killed at least 51, according to the New York Times.

Scholtes writes of the disaster funding issue: “There’s no telling yet how much FEMA will use to respond to the tornado that hit near Oklahoma City on Monday. But FEMA spent more than $200 million to aid Missouri after the tornado that tore through Joplin almost exactly two years ago.”

Scholtes notes that the White House issued a statement Monday evening, saying the Federal Emergency Management Agency was monitoring the storm.

“Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has spoken with Gov. Mary Fallin to make sure there are no unmet needs and to make clear that at the president’s direction the administration and FEMA stand ready to provide all available assistance in response to the severe weather,” the White House said in the statement.

Fallin on Monday also called up the Oklahoma National Guard to assist rescue efforts.

  • klhayes

    Doesn’t the aid offset the federal taxes Oklahomans pay into?

    • Bashline

      OK already gets way more than it pays in. Coburn is talking about cuts to other budget items to make up for unanticipated tornado spending.

      • Wilma S Cohen

        The offsets could start with cuts to Coburn’s salary.

        • Gabby Parsons

          Or he could raise some taxes on the Oklahoma Oil companies.

        • Darius Dpas Deepazz Smith

          Or it could start with collecting some of his net worth.

        • Mike

          Or his manhood, if there is any.

      • pp91303

        How much more does Oklahoma get than it pays to the federal government? If you make the statement you should have a basis for it. How much?

        • Caribou “FIRED” Barbie™

          Google it.
          It’s there if you seek it.

        • klhayes

          My point is that we ALL pay federal taxes for these programs so when they are in need, they are there. Oklahomans pay into the system and therefore are deserving of the aid. I don’t lose sleep at night b/c they may take in more than they give. Need is not equal.

      • Mikey

        You people crack me up with your feeble attempt to think you know how
        the fed collects taxes from the states and how you think you get any of
        it back. Just hysterical. Learn to add and subtract before taking on such cerebral topics. Nitwit

    • LeftThePubsDuetaPalin

      Coburn could sell what’s left of his soul and humanity to help the offset.

      After all, every dime helps.

      • Kent2012

        maybe kenyan boy and the ho could stay in the WH for a month or two and it would save mucho bucks……..

    • Mikey

      There isn’t any reason, the states can’t help themselves. You people crack me up with your feeble attempt to think you know how the fed collects taxes from the states and how you think you get any of it back. Just hysterical.

  • Robert Pratt

    Time to start dragging guys like him out into the street to tar and feather.

    • NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism

      Question: On Passage of the Bill (H.R. 152)
      Vote Date: January 28, 2013, 06:09 PM
      Required For Majority: 3/5
      Vote Result: Bill Passed

      Measure Number: H.R. 152 (Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013)

      Measure Title: A bill making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, and for other purposes.

      Vote Counts: YEAs 62, NAYs 36, Not Voting 2

      Coburn (R) NAY
      Inhofe (R) NAY

      Cornyn (R) NAY
      Cruz (R) NAY

      • NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism

        H.R. 152: Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013
        On Passage of the Bill in the House
        Number: House Vote #23
        Date: Jan 15, 2013 (113th Congress)
        Result: Passed
        Bill: H.R. 152: Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013
        Introduced by Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers [R-KY5] on January 4, 2013
        Current Status: Signed by the President

        Vote Counts: YEAs 240, NAYs 180, Not Voting 11

        Nay R Bridenstine, Jim OK 1st
        Nay R Mullin, Markwayne OK 2nd
        Yea R Lucas, Frank OK 3rd
        Yea R Cole, Tom OK 4th
        Nay R Lankford, James OK 5th

        Total – Republicans 3 YEAs, 2 NAYs

        Nay R Gohmert, Louie TX 1st
        Nay R Poe, Ted TX 2nd
        Nay R Johnson, Sam TX 3rd
        Nay R Hall, Ralph TX 4th
        Nay R Hensarling, Jeb TX 5th
        Nay R Barton, Joe TX 6th
        Yea R Culberson, John TX 7th
        Nay R Brady, Kevin TX 8th
        Yea D Green, Al TX 9th
        Nay R McCaul, Michael TX 10th
        Nay R Conaway, Michael TX 11th
        Nay R Granger, Kay TX 12th
        Nay R Thornberry, Mac TX 13th
        Nay R Weber, Randy TX 14th
        Yea D Hinojosa, Rubén TX 15th
        Yea D O’Rourke, Beto TX 16th
        Nay R Flores, Bill TX 17th
        NoVoteD Jackson Lee, Sheila TX 18th
        Nay R Neugebauer, Randy TX 19th
        Yea D Castro, Joaquin TX 20th
        Nay R Smith, Lamar TX 21st
        Nay R Olson, Pete TX 22nd
        Yea D Gallego, Pete TX 23rd
        Nay R Marchant, Kenny TX 24th
        Nay R Williams, Roger TX 25th
        Nay R Burgess, Michael TX 26th
        Nay R Farenthold, Blake TX 27th
        Yea D Cuellar, Henry TX 28th
        Yea D Green, Gene TX 29th
        Yea D Johnson, Eddie TX 30th
        Nay R Carter, John TX 31st
        Nay R Sessions, Pete TX 32nd
        Yea D Veasey, Marc TX 33rd
        Yea D Vela, Filemon TX 34th
        Yea D Doggett, Lloyd TX 35th
        Nay R Stockman, Steve TX 36th

        Democrats 11 YEAs, 0 NAYs, 1 No Vote
        Republicans 1 YEAs, 23 NAYs, 0 No Vote

    • Kent2012

      actually we should tar and feather the democommie $luts that try to jam gun ban legislation in aid bills such as the one for Sandy, then once they are tarred and feathered, they should be pi$$ed on and set on fire…

    • Mikey

      And where do you find these magical funds? Just like any household, a wind comes by and takes out the house and the car; which one gets fixed or replaced first? In Democrat’s LaLa land everything gets fixed and replaced with the best that money can buy, bar none, the sky’s the limit, print more money, it doesn’t matter where it comes from or how we get it. You people think there are unlimited resources.

  • Caribou “FIRED” Barbie™

    Just wow.
    There is your G0P in action, OK.

    • Kent2012

      maybe kenyan boy will take some of that taxpayer money he is sending to his rag head buddies and use it here……

      • Caribou “FIRED” Barbie™

        You’re sick.

    • Mikey

      Using their brain, you should try it soon. Done any math lately? I know to you its play money from the government printing press.

      • Caribou “FIRED” Barbie™

        Meth yes, math no.

  • amycakes1974

    Yes, because this is what matters right now. What a douchebag.

    • LeftThePubsDuetaPalin

      It does indeed take a special person to look at the situation in Oklahoma and immediate wonder “Who’s going to pay for this?”

  • Painter Barry

    Coburn took for granted that the public would understand that NO cuts would be incurred for Congressional and Senatorial staffs, and elected officials themselves.

  • everyday_everyway

    I know that President Obama will inevitably make his way to OK to try to console and comfort the displaced, as he always does in situations like this. But OK is a peculiar case, because the people there have so much hatred for him and the federal government. In his very few visits to that dark state, it should be noted that state officials very rarely greet the President at the airport, as is customary in other states. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the coming days and weeks. We’ll either see another Chris Christie epiphany moment of civility, or the need for a doubling of Secret Service agents to protect the President.

    • Diana Myers

      Fun story: Oklahoma has more registered Dems than Republicans. The R votes are just louder. He was here about 2 years ago for a speech at an oil pipeline & it was no big deal.

      • neonnautilus

        OK’s Ds are yellow dogs and/or Dixiecrats

        • Kent2012

          not like the true democommies that support their lord and savior kenyan boy

    • Caribou “FIRED” Barbie™

      This so true.
      Of all the states, OK is the one that hates Obama the most.

      • Mikey

        sure you know. Dems know a lot of what isn’t so.

        • Caribou “FIRED” Barbie™

          Wow! Trolling my posts from weeks ago? You got it bad.

    • Snazzy

      If the people want to hate him for reaching out to them, that only shows how ignorant and backwards they are.

    • Mikey

      He should try being a president instead of a nanny dolt. His answer to everything is, ‘throw money at it’.

  • Karen Fulkerson

    He will not live up to this. He is just feeling ashamed for voting against help for Hurrocan Sandy victoms. Now the show is on the other vote as most of use knew that it would someday. And his is not the only state that will have politicians eating their vote.

    • Mikey

      Yet you nitwits will not answer, where this money comes from. I know you think its magical and printed on the government press, is all you know.

  • excaliburr

    So unrelated programs have to suffer because he won’t accept federal disaster aid unless someone else’s budget is cut. Ridiculous.

    • Doc Mara

      Start with his salary and the salary of everyone in his office. Then, start taking money that goes to Oklahoma. Then, start taking money from the border states.

      Let’s see how long his insanity lasts.

      • Kent2012

        how about your hero kenyan boy and the ho getting off the vacation cycle, that would free up enough money for three or for disasters

      • Mikey

        You forgot brainiac, where did the $$$ come from? There isn’t any reason states can’t help their own people.

  • Bruce Tull

    What an asshat. Since Mr Coburn seems to hate government so much, maybe we should send him to Somalia, where he might find out what life is like without one.

    • Mikey

      And you know, right Bullwinkle?

  • Jason Rowe

    Disaster aid IS offset, Senator Dr. Dumbass; It goes directly & instantly back into our economy, refilling coffers faster than you can say “GOP obstruction”. Someone get this man an economist, STAT!

  • Sledge Rockwell

    Send his constituents a case of bootstraps. They’ve been telling us again and again that they don’t need “gub’mint” handouts – here’s their opportunity to put their money where their mouths are.

  • ThatKelly TaylorGuy

    I voted against him every time but was always outnumbered by idiots.

  • Marcus

    On the other hand, this is the first time in recent history I can recall one of these GOP assholes threatening to make their own constituency needlessly suffer. So, yeah, progress!

  • Len Silva

    Just take it out of Headstart and Meals on Wheels, they have tons of money.

    • neonnautilus

      Don’t forget Obamacare And SNAP. No one needs health insurance and those kids need to find a homeless shelter to eat their lunch.

  • Cindy Sims Hickerson

    Liberals have to make everything political…shameful to say the least…who are the dark ones again…liberals and dems…shut up this isn’t the time to be political.

  • Cindy Sims Hickerson

    This just goes to show how uninformed democrats are and how shameful they are to be talking politics and attacking even though they have no clue what they are talking about…get a life.

  • john hefner

    Before condeming look at the pork attached to the bill for sandy relief. It no longer looked like a relief bill. it is bad policy republican or democrat to attach pork spending to a humanitarian bill. The pork spending would not stand on its own so lets attach it to a bill that would that could possibly pass. Those type of amendments are wrong no matter who does it.

    • Big_Bad_Bald_Bastard

      You do realize that some of the “pork” you are decrying was money to fund FEMA and to improve storm monitoring systems. Please get your tricorn wearing head out of your Rascal riding backside.

      • john hefner

        read the entire bill. must be a democrat to resort to name calling.

        • Kent2012

          John he is another no information voter, would not matter if the democommies crammed the bill with gun confiscation, elimination of the first amendment, and amnesty for all rag heads………….

  • Jimmy Greenez

    Too bad the iraq war wasn’t offset or those tax cuts for the rich.

    • Mikey

      You really don’t realize how stupid that sounds now do you, dolt?

  • Thomas

    Coburn and his fellow Republicans are exploiting this tragedy, while demanding Americans be penalized for trying to aid victims. Coburn wants to hurt all the other states offering to help his. It’s just sick and pathetic. If it were me, I’d withhold any aid vote until Coburn and the GOP withdraw all conditions that would hurt other Americans trying to help Oklahoma.

  • Michelle

    Cut back on the subsidies the oil companies receive. There should be plenty there to help the victims.

  • Rhondayes

    This is one of those times I wish the President wasn’t the president of the 100%.
    These people need to reap what they sowed. They voted these people into office. After the last major event Eric Cantor said the same thing. THEY VOTED HIM BACK INTO OFFICE. They do not need governmental interference.

    Small government…then I learn they all applied for the government money to build a safe room in their homes.

    Hypocrites that should be made to live their votes and not be rewarded for their bad choices.!/photo.php?fbid=473552102723399&set=a.265611620184116.60298.193638444048101&type=1&theater

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