The eleven Republican congressmen and congresswomen who voted against it.
We admit it, we are stunned, if not speechless. How could any representative of the people choose to vote against aid to the people who have lost their homes, their jobs, most if not all of their earthly possessions, and in more than a few cases, their loved ones as well?
It's beyond us.
Here's the walk of shame.
- Joe Barton, Texas;
- Jeff Flake, Arizona;
- Virginia Foxx, North Carolina;
- Scott Garrett, New Jersey;
- John Hostettler, Indiana;
- Steve King, Iowa;
- Butch Otter, Idaho;
- Ron Paul, Texas;
- James Sensenbrenner, Wisconsin;
- Tom Tancredo, Colorado;
- Lynn Westmoreland, Georgia.
"I do not oppose all funding for the emergency, but one of my major concerns with the government response to disasters in general is the tendency to throw money at problems with very little accountability on how that money is being spent."
Later on, he says,
"According to the Office of Management and Budget, we are spending money at a rate of $2 billion a day, and yet we in the Congress do not have many details at all on how that money is being spent."
"The funding is only for immediate response over and above the $10 billion we are already spending. This legislation holds no one responsible, and I cannot in good conscience allow such a tremendous amount of taxpayer’s money to be spent without holding someone accountable for its disbursement. The legislation does provide for the inspector general to oversee the funding, but even that is after-the-fact as the money is being spent."
So, to sum up. Hurricane relief is important, but double-entry book-keeping is more important. Just remember, Congressman Douchebucket, that if you had your way, people would die while waiting for you to cross the t's and dot the i's.
By the way, you can email Congressman Douchebucket right here (it's his campaign email address, because he does his congressional email through writegov). And we humbly suggest you do. And when you email him, ask him for us how many times he voted against or even questioned the billions of dollars that the GOP-led Congress has funneled in Iraq.
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