Senate overwhelmingly passes 19 billion in disaster aid, but here’s the 8 Republicans who voted against it…

The Senate overwhelmingly passed a 19 billion dollar disaster aid bill in the Senate. The vote was 85-8:

FOX NEWS – The Senate on Thursday afternoon approved a $19 billion disaster-relief bill to help several states and Puerto Rico recover from hurricanes, floods and wildfires — after President Trump backed off from his demand that border security money be added to the package.

Lawmakers overwhelmingly passed the measure with an 85-8 vote; eight Republicans opposed it. Congress is expected to pass the bill before leaving for its weeklong recess ahead of Memorial Day.

“We expect the bill will pass the House, and the president, despite his protestations, will sign the bill,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said.

The legislation is crucial to states still reeling from devastating hurricanes over the past two years and epic flooding that drenched Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri. It would provide over $600 million in nutrition assistance and $304 million in aid for Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in 2017.

Trump had initially requested 4.5 billion be added for the border, but Democrats refused. Trump finally pulled his request and the budget bill passed.



The 8 votes against, however, were from these Republicans:

Blackburn (R-TN)
Braun (R-IN)
Crapo (R-ID)
Lee (R-UT)
McSally (R-AZ)
Paul (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Romney (R-UT)

 
The Republicans who didn’t vote at all are below. Everyone else voted for the bill:

Alexander (R-TN)
Capito (R-WV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Moran (R-KS)
Rounds (R-SD)
Toomey (R-PA)

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95 thoughts on “Senate overwhelmingly passes 19 billion in disaster aid, but here’s the 8 Republicans who voted against it…

  1. Question? Is the border crisis covered under this? The BP took in over 150,000 minors in the past three months. To me this is a disaster.

  2. When are we going to stop these Democrats and their reckless, unsustainable, self-destructive spending!?

  3. Kansas must have had minimal flooding, because Moran normally lines up to vote for this kind of funding.

    1. @jamesmadison Well, the area around Emporia is a lake. There is also significant flooding around the El Dorado area. I’ve only seen what’s along the I-35 corridor, there could be more.

      1. I have two nephews who graduated from Emporia State. Emporia always has the craziest weather in my opinion. I used to worry about the both of them during tornado season and in the winter. Glad they’ve both moved away just for that. They loved the town and their college years but the weather was just so unpredictable.

    2. We’ve had a lot of flooding where I am. A lot of the fields look like lakes. Farmers can’t get crops in and that will translate to higher prices down the road. The grass is high though and the cattle around me look pretty happy about that but come winter they may not be quite so joyful. Not sure what Moran was thinking by voting against it. He’s usually a RINO so it’s surprising that he didn’t vote for it.

    1. There are some solidly Conservatives in that list, if one is in your state ask why they voted against the bill. Usually the devil is in the details like write outs for other garbage like planned parenthood.

      The deficit just continues to grow and the federal government was never intended to do everything. Puerto Rico is so corrupt I hate seeing any money going there.

  4. Great I see where less than $ one Billion is going to disaster relief. Then I see where $19 Billion was approved.Then I see after another crooked spending Bill,everyone is leaving for their Spring Recess without giving the President one cent of the remaining $18 Billion.Makes me want to go and watch my old Cowboy movies where the good Cowboys and Cowgirls absolutely rid their town of bad Cowboys. Randolph Scott and Rhonda Fleming are two of my favorites for Cleaning up rotten corrupted towns.

      1. Wow Scrappy,don’t tell me that,he was one [notice I said was of the good Guys.Tell you what he had several opportunities to kiss Rhonda Fleming and didn’t, If I would have had the Opportunity to kiss Rhonda.Not hesitated.Thanks Scrappy have a nice evening

      2. His kids say that is an untrue rumor that was spread around because he and Cary Grant shared a Malibu beach home to save expenses in their earlier days. Plus, he was married twice…to women…not that this necessarily means anything.

        1. Thanks Charli! Yeah, that was nothing more than a rumor. Scott was married to his second wife for 43 years which is a long time for if a fella is gay. His children also said that he was a deeply religious man and this back in a day where even the most liberal churches would have made some of today’s conservative churches look positively decadent in comparison.

          1. He also served in the U.S. Army; he was from a bygone era when most actors were excellent role models for kids too…sadly, there are few of those left anymore, including a lot of “parents.” I spend a lot of time praying that America swings back to a nation of values, as well as for Messiah to come quickly to redeem his believers…two birds. 🙂

    1. Back on Old West days, locking up criminal elements was done instantaneously to prevent them from harming anyone ever again, and justice was served quickly….sigh. I suppose it is only a coincidence that everyone owned guns.

    1. I guess it depends upon whether or not you live in a state hit by hurricanes; Texas (especially Houston, which was built below sea level, which is a whole other kettle of fish) was hit hard, as were all Gulf and east coast states. Evidently, they are just getting around to last summer’s disasters before getting around to this spring/summer disasters. Congress is slow as molasses. Meanwhile, we the people of Texas have taken care of our own without WADC. It’s what we do in the south.

    2. Last time I checked Lee was still at 98% conservative on conservative review, Cruz has dropped to 80%. Lee still votes on principles, Cruz is becoming a swamp critter which is sad to me because I supported him.

  5. Why are we sending more money to Puerto Rico? All we’re doing is making the politicos there rich.

      1. We are a Republic let them go full commie, same with California. Instead with prior presidents it is the federal government going commie. The safety and cafe standards have ruined new cars.

      1. @kenoshamarge I’ve seen rats chew through metal. I’m thinking that sand wouldn’t slow them down much.

  6. Every state should have its own disaster relief funds to cope with their own issues. The Federal government can always be a lender/insurance provider against catastrophic events. But if we know Florida has hurricanes snd Oklahoma has tornadoes, EVERY YEAR, why should they dip into federal coffers?

    1. @thor77 That’s how Nixon was able to lower the speed limit to 55, he threatened to withhold highway funding to states that didn’t implement it. Federal taxes are a racket.

    2. As someone who lives in Florida, I agree 100%. The federal government does not need to be a magic gumball machine that bribes states with money. Florida has enough money to take care of its own.

    3. That is the problems with disaster relief, Colorado has massive insurance payouts for hail damage. Equal to many of the hurricanes however they are not wide spread so we get zero money. That is why disaster relief should be state or private funded. My money is stolen but I will never see a dime from the Federal Government.

    4. Because the federal income tax places us at the mercy of Congress. The federal government shouldn’t have the authority to issue a nationwide income tax, it should be dependent upon a free market friendly national sales tax at best (rate approved by 3/5ths or 2/3rds of the states).

      1. Agree. Or a lower/ prorated federal rate that is based on federal benefits provided. The federal government is the biggest redistributor of income.

      2. There are other ways they could raise money that would actually give them more money but the current way by a federal income tax allows them to control more of the money. Doing a sales tax or even a national lottery would give too much power to the states and the federal government (especially a Democrat controlled one) can’t let that happen.

  7. Again, Lee shows us he sticks to his principles of limited government. Puerto Rico doesn’t deserve our tax dollars until they get their act together. They abused the help we already gave them by their corrupt politicians. Cruz is looking more like he is compromising with his principles on his votes lately, his voting scores have dipped a lot.

    1. Cruz is a shell of himself since his speech at the convention. Sad to see how his star has fallen.

    2. I can understand this somewhat. Cruz’s state is susceptible to tornadoes. And should one hit, I’m sure he’d like some fed money to help out. If he votes against it here, then when he votes for it in his own state, his enemies will chew him up. Utah and Kentucky don’t tend to have as many of these problems. But I agree about Puerto Rico.

      1. I understand he has to help out his home state, but his votes on other legislation has been suspect as well. Look at his recent votes. Also the true role of government is not to shell out tax dollars to the states. The States have to budget their coffers for disaster relief, that is their job not the federal government.

  8. Again, Lee shows us he sticks to his principles of limited government. Puerto Rico doesn’t deserve our tax dollars until they get their act together. They abused the help we already gave them by their corrupt politicians. Cruz is looking more like he is compromising with his principles on his votes lately, his voting scores have dipped a lot.

    1. Cruz is a shell of himself since his speech at the convention. Sad to see how his star has fallen.

    2. I can understand this somewhat. Cruz’s state is susceptible to tornadoes. And should one hit, I’m sure he’d like some fed money to help out. If he votes against it here, then when he votes for it in his own state, his enemies will chew him up. Utah and Kentucky don’t tend to have as many of these problems. But I agree about Puerto Rico.

      1. I understand he has to help out his home state, but his votes on other legislation has been suspect as well. Look at his recent votes. Also the true role of government is not to shell out tax dollars to the states. The States have to budget their coffers for disaster relief, that is their job not the federal government.

        1. No doubt. When he sounds open to potential red flag laws, I’m saying, “what the hell”. I was just speaking in this particular instance.

  9. I notice that none of their states have been affected by the disasters. There has also been significant flooding in Kansas and Oklahoma, why aren’t they disaster areas?

    And why are we giving more money to Puerto Rico? Harrisburg and Joplin recovered just fine without a penny from the 0 administration.

    1. Puerto Rico sucks up cash like it is nothing; they have received more than enough financial aid, which just goes into the pockets of their corrupt government leaders. We should be cutting Puerto Rico loose entirely!

      1. @charli You’re right, they almost make Chicago look honest. If we cut them loose, however, it’s likely that they’ll become another Cuba.

        1. HAH! They already ARE another Cuba, only we are funding them, as if they are another state, which they are not. Further, through liberal progressive useless idiots, they banned the Navy from doing maneuvers off their coast. What exactly does Puerto Rico provide to the U.S.? We could put that money to better use.

  10. I notice that none of their states have been affected by the disasters. There has also been significant flooding in Kansas and Oklahoma, why aren’t they disaster areas?

    And why are we giving more money to Puerto Rico? Harrisburg and Joplin recovered just fine without a penny from the 0 administration.

    1. Puerto Rico sucks up cash like it is nothing; they have received more than enough financial aid, which just goes into the pockets of their corrupt government leaders. We should be cutting Puerto Rico loose entirely!

      1. @charli You’re right, they almost make Chicago look honest. If we cut them loose, however, it’s likely that they’ll become another Cuba.

        1. HAH! They already ARE another Cuba, only we are funding them, as if they are another state, which they are not. Further, through liberal progressive useless idiots, they banned the Navy from doing maneuvers off their coast. What exactly does Puerto Rico provide to the U.S.? We could put that money to better use.

    1. There are some solidly Conservatives in that list, if one is in your state ask why they voted against the bill. Usually the devil is in the details like write outs for other garbage like planned parenthood.

      The deficit just continues to grow and the federal government was never intended to do everything. Puerto Rico is so corrupt I hate seeing any money going there.

  11. Question? Is the border crisis covered under this? The BP took in over 150,000 minors in the past three months. To me this is a disaster.

  12. Ir really appears that Mitch McConnell is undermining [covertly] every issue that the President needs passed to ensure his winning a second term.However it appears the Turd dle appears set on not wanting that too happen

    1. I guess it depends upon whether or not you live in a state hit by hurricanes; Texas (especially Houston, which was built below sea level, which is a whole other kettle of fish) was hit hard, as were all Gulf and east coast states. Evidently, they are just getting around to last summer’s disasters before getting around to this spring/summer disasters. Congress is slow as molasses. Meanwhile, we the people of Texas have taken care of our own without WADC. It’s what we do in the south.

    2. Last time I checked Lee was still at 98% conservative on conservative review, Cruz has dropped to 80%. Lee still votes on principles, Cruz is becoming a swamp critter which is sad to me because I supported him.

  13. Great I see where less than $ one Billion is going to disaster relief. Then I see where $19 Billion was approved.Then I see after another crooked spending Bill,everyone is leaving for their Spring Recess without giving the President one cent of the remaining $18 Billion.Makes me want to go and watch my old Cowboy movies where the good Cowboys and Cowgirls absolutely rid their town of bad Cowboys. Randolph Scott and Rhonda Fleming are two of my favorites for Cleaning up rotten corrupted towns.

      1. Wow Scrappy,don’t tell me that,he was one [notice I said was\ of the good Guys.Tell you what he had several opportunities to kiss Rhonda Fleming and didn’t, If I would have had the Opportunity to kiss Rhonda.Not hesitated.Thanks Scrappy have a nice evening

      2. His kids say that is an untrue rumor that was spread around because he and Cary Grant shared a Malibu beach home to save expenses in their earlier days. Plus, he was married twice…to women…not that this necessarily means anything.

        1. Thanks Charli! Yeah, that was nothing more than a rumor. Scott was married to his second wife for 43 years which is a long time for if a fella is gay. His children also said that he was a deeply religious man and this back in a day where even the most liberal churches would have made some of today’s conservative churches look positively decadent in comparison.

          1. He also served in the U.S. Army; he was from a bygone era when most actors were excellent role models for kids too…sadly, there are few of those left anymore, including a lot of “parents.” I spend a lot of time praying that America swings back to a nation of values, as well as for Messiah to come quickly to redeem his believers…two birds. 🙂

    1. Back on Old West days, locking up criminal elements was done instantaneously to prevent them from harming anyone ever again, and justice was served quickly….sigh. I suppose it is only a coincidence that everyone owned guns.

  14. Every state should have its own disaster relief funds to cope with their own issues. The Federal government can always be a lender/insurance provider against catastrophic events. But if we know Florida has hurricanes snd Oklahoma has tornadoes, EVERY YEAR, why should they dip into federal coffers?

    1. Because the federal income tax places us at the mercy of Congress. The federal government shouldn’t have the authority to issue a nationwide income tax, it should be dependent upon a free market friendly national sales tax at best (rate approved by 3/5ths or 2/3rds of the states).

      1. Agree. Or a lower/ prorated federal rate that is based on federal benefits provided. The federal government is the biggest redistributor of income.

      2. There are other ways they could raise money that would actually give them more money but the current way by a federal income tax allows them to control more of the money. Doing a sales tax or even a national lottery would give too much power to the states and the federal government (especially a Democrat controlled one) can’t let that happen.

    2. @thor77 That’s how Nixon was able to lower the speed limit to 55, he threatened to withhold highway funding to states that didn’t implement it. Federal taxes are a racket.

      1. Yup. It’s a power and control thing. The states are slowly but surely losing their autonomy and ability to even regulate their own selves. Sadly, I believe that it’s all intentional too.

        1. @philliesthoughts Exactly, it’s the nature of government. It’s why the founders wisely wrote the constitution and bill of rights as they did.

    3. That is the problems with disaster relief, Colorado has massive insurance payouts for hail damage. Equal to many of the hurricanes however they are not wide spread so we get zero money. That is why disaster relief should be state or private funded. My money is stolen but I will never see a dime from the Federal Government.

    4. As someone who lives in Florida, I agree 100%. The federal government does not need to be a magic gumball machine that bribes states with money. Florida has enough money to take care of its own.

  15. Kansas must have had minimal flooding, because Moran normally lines up to vote for this kind of funding.

    1. @jamesmadison Well, the area around Emporia is a lake. There is also significant flooding around the El Dorado area. I’ve only seen what’s along the I-35 corridor, there could be more.

      1. I have two nephews who graduated from Emporia State. Emporia always has the craziest weather in my opinion. I used to worry about the both of them during tornado season and in the winter. Glad they’ve both moved away just for that. They loved the town and their college years but the weather was just so unpredictable.

    2. We’ve had a lot of flooding where I am. A lot of the fields look like lakes. Farmers can’t get crops in and that will translate to higher prices down the road. The grass is high though and the cattle around me look pretty happy about that but come winter they may not be quite so joyful. Not sure what Moran was thinking by voting against it. He’s usually a RINO so it’s surprising that he didn’t vote for it.

  16. When are we going to stop these Democrats and their reckless, unsustainable, self-destructive spending!?

  17. Why are we sending more money to Puerto Rico? All we’re doing is making the politicos there rich.

      1. @kenoshamarge I’ve seen rats chew through metal. I’m thinking that sand wouldn’t slow them down much.

      1. We are a Republic let them go full commie, same with California. Instead with prior presidents it is the federal government going commie. The safety and cafe standards have ruined new cars.

  18. Ir really appears that Mitch McConnell is undermining [covertly] every issue that the President needs passed to ensure his winning a second term.However it appears the Turd dle appears set on not wanting that too happen

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