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)

Comment Policy: Please read our comment policy before making a comment. In short, please be respectful of others and do not engage in personal attacks. Otherwise we will revoke your comment privileges.
newest oldest most voted
JL_US
Member
Member
JL_US

Looks like the house has temporarily blocked the bill until they return from break.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/congress/house-republican-blocks-19-1-billion-disaster-aid-package

JL_US
Member
Member
JL_US

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.

RightWingExtremist
Member
Member
RightWingExtremist

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

Chow Yun Fatty
Member
Trusted Member
Chow Yun Fatty

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.

JL_US
Member
Member
JL_US

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.

Chow Yun Fatty
Member
Trusted Member
Chow Yun Fatty

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.

Dr. Strangelove
Member
Famed Member
Dr. Strangelove

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.

Charli
Member
Noble Member
Charli

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!

Dr. Strangelove
Member
Famed Member
Dr. Strangelove

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

Charli
Member
Noble Member
Charli

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.

ShantiGirl
Member
Active Member
ShantiGirl

I say vote them ALL out, Rep & Dem. We need a fresh start.

ozzy
Member
Member
ozzy

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.

DemocratsRFubar
Member
Noble Member
DemocratsRFubar

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.

bigsir74
Member
Noble Member
bigsir74

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

Sentinel
Member
Noble Member
Sentinel

Wondering why Lee didn’t support this – especially if Cruz did.

Thor77
Member
Trusted Member
Thor77

Hard to resist the gravy train when there is something one wants for themselves

Charli
Member
Noble Member
Charli

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.

Sentinel
Member
Noble Member
Sentinel

That makes sense – and God Bless Texas!

Charli
Member
Noble Member
Charli

AMEN! May she never be “blue” again!

ozzy
Member
Member
ozzy

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.

PVG
Member
Noble Member
PVG

That is my question as well.

bigsir74
Member
Noble Member
bigsir74

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.

Scrappy
Member
Member
Scrappy

Yep Randolph Scott’s westerns were good. Fun fact did you know he was gay?

bigsir74
Member
Noble Member
bigsir74

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

Charli
Member
Noble Member
Charli

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.

philliesthoughts
Member
Noble Member
philliesthoughts

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.

Charli
Member
Noble Member
Charli

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. smile

bigsir74
Member
Noble Member
bigsir74

Thanks Phillie,I was about to do a Google Search.

Charli
Member
Noble Member
Charli

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.

bigsir74
Member
Noble Member
bigsir74

Thanks Charlie,sometimes I wish more Americans would do a little reminiscing

Thor77
Member
Trusted Member
Thor77

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?

jamespubliusmadison
Member
Trusted Member
jamespubliusmadison

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).

Thor77
Member
Trusted Member
Thor77

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

philliesthoughts
Member
Noble Member
philliesthoughts

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.

Dr. Strangelove
Member
Famed Member
Dr. Strangelove

Thor77Thor77 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.

philliesthoughts
Member
Noble Member
philliesthoughts

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.

Dr. Strangelove
Member
Famed Member
Dr. Strangelove

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

ozzy
Member
Member
ozzy

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.

In_Russet_Shadows
Member
Active Member
In_Russet_Shadows

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.

jamespubliusmadison
Member
Trusted Member
jamespubliusmadison

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

Dr. Strangelove
Member
Famed Member
Dr. Strangelove

jamespubliusmadisonjamespubliusmadison 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.

philliesthoughts
Member
Noble Member
philliesthoughts

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.

philliesthoughts
Member
Noble Member
philliesthoughts

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.

AT
Member
Noble Member
AT

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

SheerPolitics
Member
Noble Member
SheerPolitics

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

Kenoshamarge
Member
Noble Member
Kenoshamarge

Because our “leaders” are fools who like to pour sand down a rat-hole.

Dr. Strangelove
Member
Famed Member
Dr. Strangelove

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

Dr. Strangelove
Member
Famed Member
Dr. Strangelove

SheerPoliticsSheerPolitics To keep them from going fully communist?

ozzy
Member
Member
ozzy

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.

Back to Top of Comments