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    Oklahoma Senators Jim Inhofe, Tom Coburn, Face Difficult Options On Disaster Relief

    As frantic rescue missions continued Monday in Oklahoma following the catastrophic tornadoes that ripped through the state, it appeared increasingly likely that residents who lost homes and businesses would turn to the federal government for emergency disaster aid. That could put the state's two Republican senators in an awkward position. Sens. Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn, both Republicans, are fiscal hawks who have repeatedly voted against funding disaster aid for other parts of the country. They also have opposed increased funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which administers federal disaster relief.

    Late last year, Inhofe and Coburn both backed a plan to slash disaster relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy. In a December press release, Coburn complained that the Sandy Relief bill contained "wasteful spending," and identified a series of items he objected to, including "$12.9 billion for future disaster mitigation activities and studies."

    Oklahoma currently ranks third in the nation after Texas and California in terms of total federal disaster and fire declarations, which kickstart the federal emergency relief funding process. Just last month, President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration for the state following severe snowstorms. And despite their voting record on disaster aid for other states, both Coburn and Inhofe appear to sing a different tune when it comes to such funding for Oklahoma. In January of 2007, Coburn urged federal officials to speed disaster relief aid after the state faced a major ice storm. A year later, in 2008, Inhofe lauded the fact that emergency relief from the Department of Housing and Urban Development would be given to 24 Oklahoma counties. "The impact of severe weather has been truly devastating to many Oklahoma communities across the state. I am pleased that the people whose lives have been affected by disastrous weather are getting much-needed federal assistance," he said at the time.

    The cost of the recovery effort for this week's tornadoes is likely to be high. After a spate of tornadoes in the state in 1999, Oklahomans requested and received $67.8 million in federal relief funds.

    Oklahoma Senators Jim Inhofe, Tom Coburn, Face Difficult Options On Disaster Relief

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    Karma's a b*tch
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    Re: Oklahoma Senators Jim Inhofe, Tom Coburn, Face Difficult Options On Disaster Reli

    Quote Originally Posted by 66gardeners View Post
    As frantic rescue missions continued Monday in Oklahoma following the catastrophic tornadoes that ripped through the state, it appeared increasingly likely that residents who lost homes and businesses would turn to the federal government for emergency disaster aid. That could put the state's two Republican senators in an awkward position. Sens. Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn, both Republicans, are fiscal hawks who have repeatedly voted against funding disaster aid for other parts of the country. They also have opposed increased funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which administers federal disaster relief.

    Late last year, Inhofe and Coburn both backed a plan to slash disaster relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy. In a December press release, Coburn complained that the Sandy Relief bill contained "wasteful spending," and identified a series of items he objected to, including "$12.9 billion for future disaster mitigation activities and studies."

    Oklahoma currently ranks third in the nation after Texas and California in terms of total federal disaster and fire declarations, which kickstart the federal emergency relief funding process. Just last month, President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration for the state following severe snowstorms. And despite their voting record on disaster aid for other states, both Coburn and Inhofe appear to sing a different tune when it comes to such funding for Oklahoma. In January of 2007, Coburn urged federal officials to speed disaster relief aid after the state faced a major ice storm. A year later, in 2008, Inhofe lauded the fact that emergency relief from the Department of Housing and Urban Development would be given to 24 Oklahoma counties. "The impact of severe weather has been truly devastating to many Oklahoma communities across the state. I am pleased that the people whose lives have been affected by disastrous weather are getting much-needed federal assistance," he said at the time.

    The cost of the recovery effort for this week's tornadoes is likely to be high. After a spate of tornadoes in the state in 1999, Oklahomans requested and received $67.8 million in federal relief funds.

    Oklahoma Senators Jim Inhofe, Tom Coburn, Face Difficult Options On Disaster Relief

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    Actually, what they've voted against is larded up relief bills that Senate Democrats propose in times of emergency. Democrats never let pass an emergency they can milk to pack on the lard for their pet projects like Amtrak or environmental initiatives, like they did during the Sandy relief efforts, instead of simply proposing a clean, focused relief bill.

    If Inhofe and Coburn propose any legislation that includes unnecessary pork, you may have a point, but I'd be willing to bet that Senate Democrats will try to lard it up with nonsense.

    One final point - it never ceases to amaze me how the "progressives" and "liberals" of this world, always claiming to be for the average person, supporting the little guy, forever use the pain of that average person/little guy to seek vengence for some perceived slight in the past. Nothing is more detestable than the scorned liberal.
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    Re: Oklahoma Senators Jim Inhofe, Tom Coburn, Face Difficult Options On Disaster Reli

    This tragedy is only a day old and now you seek to politicize this tradgedy. There is a time and place for politics, now is not the time.

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    Re: Oklahoma Senators Jim Inhofe, Tom Coburn, Face Difficult Options On Disaster Reli

    Quote Originally Posted by 66gardeners View Post
    As frantic rescue missions continued Monday in Oklahoma following the catastrophic tornadoes that ripped through the state, it appeared increasingly likely that residents who lost homes and businesses would turn to the federal government for emergency disaster aid. That could put the state's two Republican senators in an awkward position. Sens. Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn, both Republicans, are fiscal hawks who have repeatedly voted against funding disaster aid for other parts of the country. They also have opposed increased funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which administers federal disaster relief.

    Late last year, Inhofe and Coburn both backed a plan to slash disaster relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy. In a December press release, Coburn complained that the Sandy Relief bill contained "wasteful spending," and identified a series of items he objected to, including "$12.9 billion for future disaster mitigation activities and studies."

    Oklahoma currently ranks third in the nation after Texas and California in terms of total federal disaster and fire declarations, which kickstart the federal emergency relief funding process. Just last month, President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration for the state following severe snowstorms. And despite their voting record on disaster aid for other states, both Coburn and Inhofe appear to sing a different tune when it comes to such funding for Oklahoma. In January of 2007, Coburn urged federal officials to speed disaster relief aid after the state faced a major ice storm. A year later, in 2008, Inhofe lauded the fact that emergency relief from the Department of Housing and Urban Development would be given to 24 Oklahoma counties. "The impact of severe weather has been truly devastating to many Oklahoma communities across the state. I am pleased that the people whose lives have been affected by disastrous weather are getting much-needed federal assistance," he said at the time.

    The cost of the recovery effort for this week's tornadoes is likely to be high. After a spate of tornadoes in the state in 1999, Oklahomans requested and received $67.8 million in federal relief funds.

    Oklahoma Senators Jim Inhofe, Tom Coburn, Face Difficult Options On Disaster Relief

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    Both sides of the aisle believe that "no crises should ever go to waste." A "disaster bill" should be just that. Focused simply and totally on providing aid to those involved. Anything else? Political bull****.
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    Re: Oklahoma Senators Jim Inhofe, Tom Coburn, Face Difficult Options On Disaster Reli

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
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    Re: Oklahoma Senators Jim Inhofe, Tom Coburn, Face Difficult Options On Disaster Reli

    Every disaster relief bill has been loaded with pork. Doesn't stop those OKies when it is their community, however.

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    Re: Oklahoma Senators Jim Inhofe, Tom Coburn, Face Difficult Options On Disaster Reli

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    This tragedy is only a day old and now you seek to politicize this tradgedy. There is a time and place for politics, now is not the time.
    Maybe we should let everyone exercise their first amendment rights here. Put your big boy pants on or go home.

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    Re: Oklahoma Senators Jim Inhofe, Tom Coburn, Face Difficult Options On Disaster Reli

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Both sides of the aisle believe that "no crises should ever go to waste." A "disaster bill" should be just that. Focused simply and totally on providing aid to those involved. Anything else? Political bull****.
    There is one side who is considerably more greedy with the disaster relief.

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    Re: Oklahoma Senators Jim Inhofe, Tom Coburn, Face Difficult Options On Disaster Reli

    Quote Originally Posted by 66gardeners View Post
    Maybe we should let everyone exercise their first amendment rights here. Put your big boy pants on or go home.
    The victims have not even got a chance to mourn their lost loved ones.

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