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September 5, 2015

Inhofe, Coburn Caution Against Extra Spending in Tornado Aid

Oklahoma’s two Republican senators are pledging any assistance needed for areas devastated by the tornado that ripped through Moore, Okla., on Monday, but they’re maintaining their conservative views on federal spending.

Sen. James M. Inhofe is warning against a supplemental spending bill that balloons with money to assist other areas. Asked by MSNBC about his opposition to the aid package for recovery from Superstorm Sandy on the East Coast, he called the situation in Moore “totally different” because of extraneous provisions.

“They were getting things, for instance, that was supposed to be in New Jersey. They were getting things in the Virgin Islands. They were fixing roads there. They were putting roofs on houses in Washington, D.C., everybody was getting in and exploiting the tragedy that took place,” Inhofe said. “That won’t happen in Oklahoma.”

In a statement issued Tuesday morning, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs ranking member Tom Coburn said he had already spoken with the top Homeland Security official about the need for aid.

“I spoke with Department of Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano last night about FEMA’s response. We still don’t know the scope of devastation and won’t for some time. But, as the ranking member of [the] Senate committee that oversees FEMA, I can assure Oklahomans that any and all available aid will be delivered without delay,” Coburn said.

Coburn’s statement Tuesday followed comments Monday first reported by CQ Roll Call that emergency supplemental money for tornado recovery would need offsets, maintaining his long-held view on that issue.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., both came to the floor Tuesday morning and pledged to offer whatever help was necessary. Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, also told reporters Tuesday that tornado victims would get needed aid.

“I remember full well a tornado that went through my hometown of Louisville back in the 1970s, knocked down every house on the street of my parents,” McConnell said. “My mother was in the basement and mercifully it skipped over our house for some reason but leveled all the houses across the street and ones next door.”

“While we may not know the extent of the damage for some time, we will continue to do everything in our power to help the people of Oklahoma as they recover from these terrible tornadoes. And we will stand vigilant today, ready to send additional assistance as more storms threaten the region,” Reid said.

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    May 21, 2013
    1:54 p.m.

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

    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

    Source: The U.S. Library of Congress

  2. NepotismIsDomesticTerrorism

    May 21, 2013
    1:55 p.m.

    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 241, 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
    NoVote D 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

    Source: The U.S. Library of Congress

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