It’s in their nature.
Blunt Wants Federal Government To Do More For Joplin
May 26, 2011 11:53 AM
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says he’s asking the federal government to reimburse 100 percent of the cost to local governments dealing with the Joplin tornado aftermath….
….In a phone conference with reporters Thursday, Blunt says he has asked Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to do more.
“I’m asking for 100 percent federal reimbursement to local governments,” Blunt said, “They’ve agreed to 75. I think they have to come to a better number than that, and the right number, I think, would be 100 percent….”
Senator Roy Blunt (r) at the Governor’s Ham Breakfast at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, Missouri, August 2012.
The U.S. Senate vote on Hurricane/Super Storm Sandy relief:
Question: On Passage of the Bill (H.R. 152 )
Vote Number: 4 Vote Date: January 28, 2013, 06:09 PM
Required For Majority: 3/5 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.
Blunt (R-MO), Nay
McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
[emphasis in original]
And if the relief had been for Joplin, Missouri?
Jan 28 2013
Senator Blunt’s Statement On Sandy Supplemental
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) issued the following statement today after the Senate’s vote on a $50.5 billion disaster supplemental bill:
“When a disaster exceeds the ability of communities and states, I believe the federal government has a responsibility to help people rebuild. Federal aid is an important tool to help get people back on their feet by restoring the infrastructure that was in place before a disaster – not a chance for Congress to attach stimulus-type spending or fundamentally alter the way we respond to future tragedies.
“In Missouri, we’ve had our fair share of disasters over the past two years during major flooding events, drought, and several tornadoes – including a deadly EF-5 tornado that devastated the City of Joplin in 2011. Following these tragic events, Congress provided targeted disaster funding through a regular appropriations process.
“Unfortunately, we did not follow the same process after Superstorm Sandy. I voted against this bill because it rewrites the Stafford Act and moves us farther away from a viable, long-term solution for funding national disasters.”
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Ah, it’s all about “the process”. Right. Tell that to the people in the Northeast.
HR 41: there but for the grace of… (January 7, 2013)
HR 152: Hey, it’s not in my backyard… (January 15, 2013)