Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn will seek to offset federal aid to victims of a massive tornado
Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn will seek to offset federal aid to victims of a massive tornado that blasted through Oklahoma City suburbs on Monday with cuts elsewhere in the budget.
“That’s always been his position ,” a spokesman told the Huffington Post Monday night. “He supported offsets to the bill funding the OKC bombing recovery effort.”
Coburn, who intends to retire in 2016, joined his fellow Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe (R) last year in supporting an amendment that would have substantially cut a package of $60 billion dollars intended for reconstruction of the East Coast in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. The measure eventually passed in two parts with most of the Senate Republican caucus in opposition, but not before New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and New York GOP Reps. Peter King and Michael Grimm offered scathing critiques that their party was abandoning stranded people in the wake of the storm.
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and here’s some posts from his facebook page …
Bruce Curtis Fleming You are simply just a bad person. I don’t believe your dumb. What I think you are is much worse…. I believe you are smart and know how to manipulate people to vote for you. You use fear and key words that you know will get people fired up just so that they vote for you. I hope everyone in that town finds out exactly what kind of person you are and democracy can put and end to the fear you instill unto the people… Your a sick man to even post that comment and remember that your God supposedly watches all.
Gary Cook You were elected by the same people who desperately need your help right now. Real Americans don’t see red and blue states when disasters strike. We only see the United States!
You are being tested right now and you are failing miserably as a senator and a human being. Fucking piece of garbage!
Travis Pütz You’re a despicable human being. Insisting on spending cuts BEFORE any relief?
To hell with you sir, and enjoy the weather!
Candace Baitz You may as well been with the looters last night digging through the rubble of what remains of people’s lives. All in the name of your personal gain while parents look for their missing children. We are ashamed and I will make sure everyone I know remembers this in the next coming election. Or better yet we could cut some funding real quick with your job and your pension!
Neil Blaisdell Your thoughts and prayers are worthless.
Mike Wilson You are quite literally threatening the well being of American lives by playing politics. Anyone who is threatening American lives should be considered a terrorist and an enemy to the American people. You are the enemy. Americans will not stand for this. You disgust us all. Also, go to hell asshole.
Jamie Lynn You are a pathetic excuse for a Christian, let alone a human being. How could you possibly block relief for people who so desperately need it. Of course, with your cushy senate salary and pension that you and your colleagues have continued to increase for yourselves (must be nice to give yourselves raises when the rest of the country is in the toilet), YOU would have the means to rebuild if this happened to you. Go jump off a damned bridge. You disgust me.
Sherri Serbin You say you are a ‘Christian’ and believe in the ‘sanctity of human life’? Would Jesus bargain before he helped people? Would he put budgets over human life and suffering? Money over people? What if those children were your grandchildren and your house and your life were destroyed? Would you say, “don’t worry about us. Balance the budget first” have you no compassion, sir?
Paul Carabajal what a hypocrite! You make this comment yet say you will vote against relief for the families who have lost EVERYTHING including CHILDREN! SHAME ON YOU! YOU ARE A TOTAL DISGRACE TO OUR GREAT STATE! PLEASE RESIGN NOW!
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Oklahoma senator: Tornado aid “totally different” from Sandy aid
Sen. James Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma, argued that there is no comparison between Hurricane Sandy relief, which he voted against last fall, and aid for his state in the wake of the devastating tornado, because the two are “totally different.”
The Washington Post reports that Inhofe contended on Tuesday that the Hurricane Sandy relief bill was filled with pork, “things in the Virgin Islands. They were fixing roads there and putting roofs on houses in Washington, D.C.,” and that people were “exploiting the tragedy that took place.” He added: “That won’t happen in Oklahoma.”
In the past, Inhofe has also voted against additional funding for FEMA, though in 2008 he praised relief from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to Oklahoma counties effected by “severe weather.”
Inhofe’s senate colleague, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, also a Republican, said he would push for federal aid to Oklahoma to be offset by cuts elsewhere. Coburn also voted against the relief package for Hurricane Sandy.
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