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Today, via twitter, on relief for Hurricane/Super Storm Sandy:

MrJM ‏@misterjayem

RT @ForecastFacts Every R in AZ, CO, GA, IA, ID, KS, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NV, OR, SC, SD, TN, UT, WI, WY voted against #Sandy relief. 8:15 PM – 15 Jan 13

The vote in the U.S. House of Representatives:


     H R 152      YEA-AND-NAY      15-Jan-2013      7:25 PM

     QUESTION:  On Passage

     BILL TITLE: Making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, and for other purposes

               Yeas     Nays   NV

Republican 49      179      4

Democratic 192     1        7

—- YEAS    241 —


—- NAYS    180 —

Graves (MO)





—- NOT VOTING    11 —



[emphasis added]

In your backyard:

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): What, no hot meals? (May 26, 2011)

….Homes and businesses in Sedalia, Missouri, in the 4th Congressional, were damaged in yesterday’s tornado outbreak. The 4th Congressional District is represented by freshman Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) who has been silent about House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (r) demand for budget offsets as a condition for the approval of disaster relief in Joplin, Missouri after Sunday’s devastating tornado.

Lo and behold, via Twitter:

@RepHartzler Rep. Vicky Hartzler

Just talked to Dave Clippart, Pettis Co.Emergency Mgmt. Dir. He confirmed substantial damage from today’s tornado & some injuries. 21 hours ago

@RepHartzler Rep. Vicky Hartzler

I have offered whatever help I can after the tornado. I stand ready to help. Will continue to pray for all Missouri storm victims. 21 hours ago

“…I have offered whatever help I can after the tornado. I stand ready to help…”

Does that include advocating for federal disaster relief? Or just a hot meal? Just asking.

Others are, too:

@Psyched55 Dr. Connie S.

@RepHartzler I hope your help includes votes that keep aide intact for those who are suffering rather then putting stipulations on such aide 20 hours ago

@aprillivings April Livings

@RepHartzler: Does that help include making sure that all aid is offset by spending cuts? Aid should not be held up by politics. 15 hours ago

Really, without the republican majority’s insistence on budgetary reductions in times of need we wouldn’t be able to protect those windfall tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires. And that wouldn’t be fair at all, would it?

And, the representative from Joplin?:

A Foe Of Big Government Seeks Aid For Joplin

by Frank Morris

September 23, 2011 12:01 AM

Billy Long is a Tea Party stalwart who ran for Congress as a man fed up with Washington.

Long won in a landslide and now represents Joplin, Mo., where he fired up a Tea Party crowd in April pretending to auction off the national debt.

Five weeks later, Long was back in Joplin, this time in the dark and rain, surveying the aftermath of an apocalyptic tornado. And this time, the federal government was his friend….

….What followed, Long says, has been a superb relief effort.

“The president came in, he was great. [Homeland Security Secretary] Janet Napolitano came in, she’s been great,” he says. “[House Minority] Leader Pelosi came up to me on the floor, hugged me and said, ‘Billy, anything the people of Joplin need they’ll have.’ ”

And that’s just what they’ve gotten: FEMA has spent close to $100 million on the cleanup, and an additional $19 million plus on rent and home repairs….

It must depend on where your backyard is.