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First phase of Hurricane Sandy assistance approved in U.S. House; all four Kansas representatives vote no


The U.S. House just approved the first installment of emergency disaster assistance for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The measure passed with bipartisan support, 161 Republicans and 193 Democrats, for a total of 354 votes for the bill, and 67 votes, all Republican, against it. All four Kansas representatives — Lynn Jenkins, Kevin Yoder, Tim Huelskamp and Mike Pompeo — voted against the bill.

Here is a link to a story on the passage: http://bloom.bg/S9wHdK


msezdsit 3 years, 7 months ago

Theres that no compassion, me me me and only me at their finest. At least they are consistent. Treat the people on the east coast as insensitive as they do kansas. Kinda makes you wish they would get thrown round in a tornado and that everyone who could throw them a rope would say, no thanks, I'll pass and I'm sure if anyone understands it would be you creeps.

Yet another embarrassment to Kansas.

John Hamm 3 years, 7 months ago

Did you look at the "Pork" projects in that bill? It shouldn't have passed as it was.

Katara 3 years, 7 months ago

Can you tell us what pork is in H.R. 41? That is the bill that our Kansas representatives voted no on.

Here is the link to the bill. Be sure to read it very carefully and get back to us about all the pork it contains.


msezdsit 3 years, 7 months ago

Oonly is only parroting what it has been told by the teapubs and really has nothing other than that to substantiate its claim.

Hoots 3 years, 7 months ago

Look at the bill before you speak. The bill was full of money grabs that had zero to do with Sandy and it drove the cost through the roof. I'm sick of politicians working us over like this. No wonder we're going broke. It's like going to the store to get some milk and break and some jerk throws 30 pounds of lobster in your cart every single time.

booklover2 3 years, 7 months ago

Seriously? How do you vote no on something like that? Oh forgot, it's the moron Kansas delegation.

Bob Burton 3 years, 7 months ago

Whine, whine & more whine. PORK, PORK & way to much PORK. Easy NO vote. Oh I forget Democrats like to spend other peoples money!!

Bob_Keeshan 3 years, 7 months ago

In April, 2011, Republican Governor Sam Brownback asked the federal government to declare Southwest Kansas a disaster area due to drought and open up the area to direct federal assistance (PORK, PORK & way to much PORK) for residents of Southwest Kansas.

Also supporting the request were Republican Senator Jerry Moran, Republican Senator Pat Roberts, and Republican Representative Tim Huelskamp.

John Hamm 3 years, 7 months ago

Not quite the same "Pork." Not at all. "The pork-barrel feast includes more than $8 million to buy cars and equipment for the Homeland Security and Justice departments. It also includes a whopping $150 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to dole out to fisheries in Alaska and $2 million for the Smithsonian Institution to repair museum roofs in DC.

An eye-popping $13 billion would go to “mitigation” projects to prepare for future storms.

Other big-ticket items in the bill include $207 million for the VA Manhattan Medical Center; $41 million to fix up eight military bases along the storm’s path, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; $4 million for repairs at Kennedy Space Center in Florida; $3.3 million for the Plum Island Animal Disease Center and $1.1 million to repair national cemeteries."

Tim Quest 3 years, 7 months ago

Yeah, god forbid we spend money to repair the Smithsonian and military bases.

Katara 3 years, 7 months ago

Please link to your source on this.

Additionally, what you claim to be the bill is not the one that was voted on here. This is what our Kansas representatives voted no on. http://thomas.loc.gov/home/gpoxmlc113/h41_ih.xml

Janella Williams 3 years, 7 months ago

Yes, SouthWestKs, any snarky remarks about farm subsidies?

simpleton 3 years, 7 months ago

I suppose you think it's your money. You're shameful, as are our representatives.

lilyspurpleplasticpurse 3 years, 7 months ago

Is that you Huelskamp? Don't you have anything better to do with your time than troll on newspaper websites?

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 7 months ago

Is that you, Little Timmy Huelskamp? How much PORK has your family received from the federal government in farm subsidies? Scumbag!

mdlund0 3 years, 7 months ago

I'm sure you have a reliable source/reference for the cost of Obama's trip, so why don't you have a source for the carbon footprint? Or was this just another mindless attack on a politician you don't agree with?

golfguy 3 years, 7 months ago

Did you whine and moan incessantly when George Bush was flying on AF1 to his ranch in Crawford, TX or to Kennebunkport, MA on a weekly basis for "vacations"?

simpleton 3 years, 7 months ago

I would say it's safe to assume this is a mindless comment. From a mindless person.

lilyspurpleplasticpurse 3 years, 7 months ago

No, that's not the big question, troll. Stick to the topic.

Greg Cooper 3 years, 7 months ago

Well, at least the gang of four have the courage of the Koch's convictions.

redfred 3 years, 7 months ago

Maybe I should cancel all the homeowners insurance that I am paying for, if the Federal Government will bail me out.

tomatogrower 3 years, 7 months ago

red, homeowner's insurance doesn't pay to fix the infrastructure. And when you live near a place with a higher chance of natural disaster, the deductibles are huge. Also, better check your homeowners insurance and see if you are paying for replacement value. Our house is only assessed at $175,000 dollars, but it would cost a lot more to replace it, so we make sure we are insured for replacement value.

Katara 3 years, 7 months ago

Also, Homeowner's Insurance does not cover flooding. That is why there is separate flood insurance (a requirement for many mortgages in an area designated as a food zone).

blindrabbit 3 years, 7 months ago

rockchalk1977; Ever heard of an Autopen signature?; maybe need to do a little catching up on technology; works even from remote Hawaii Remember, Hawaii entered the union back in 1959, before Kenya was a named country. Since had not heard much from you following the election, figured you gave up and slunk back into your regressive hole. Watching our delegation of 4 Kansas congressional dimwits is fun, but just wait till Kansas needs a bailing out or the bio-lab has a dump in Manhattan.

Bruce Bertsch 3 years, 7 months ago

Given that NY and NJ pay more in Federal Taxes than they receive in benefits, this is a real kick in the teeth. Kansas, on the other hand, receives far more in Fed money than we pay in taxes. I guess a CPA can't figure that one out.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 3 years, 7 months ago

Reports are that the bill was full of billions of dollars of Pork with over a billion each going to Goldman Sacks and Bank of America. I too, would have voted no on this bill. I absoutly would have voted yes on sending tax dollars to help the Sandy folks, but when we are freeking broke and the bill was stuffed with un necessary spending, I could not support it. Bless our elected representatives for not supporting it.

I understand, this is the reason the speaker tried to get this put off as the quickness only allowed it to be loaded down with additional spending that was not needed.

Come on guys... differences in politics is one thing, but this un necessary spending effects all of us and we should at least come together on this. Those of you who get a paycheck might look at your with holdings on your first check of year 2013. Your SSI/Medicare withholding went back up 2% from 4.2% due to our leader letting the Bush tax cuts expire, while at the same time, sold it to us as only raising the taxes on those single peeps making over 400K and married over 450K. Be careful what you ask for. Tax the snarf out of us, waste it on pork, and what is left send to countries that hate us. God Bless America!

Katara 3 years, 7 months ago

The FICA cuts are not related to the Bush tax cuts. The FICA tax cuts were a temporary relief measure that were meant to expire.

What bill are you referring to specifically? The bill the article refers to contained nothing that you claim it has in it.

tomatogrower 3 years, 7 months ago

Katara, you want chibw to deal in facts? Silly you.

tomatogrower 3 years, 7 months ago

"Can't...", who told you these lies? Fox? Beck? or The Fat One?

Can't is a good alias for conservatives. They always say no, can't, won't - not not not. No can do attitude here.

Jean Robart 3 years, 7 months ago

I suspect that the main reason that the congressmen and women from Kansas voted no on the junk that was added to the bill that was unacceptable, not that the Sandy aid was unacceptable. It's not possible to unring a bell, and would not work to try and get rid of provisions of the law that are excessive.

Katara 3 years, 7 months ago

Here is the bill that was voted on. Here is the full text of the H.R 41.

"H.R.41 -- To temporarily increase the borrowing authority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for carrying out the National Flood Insurance Program. (Introduced in House - IH)

HR 41 IH


1st Session

H. R. 41

To temporarily increase the borrowing authority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for carrying out the National Flood Insurance Program.


January 3, 2013

Mr. GARRETT (for himself, Mr. SMITH of New Jersey, Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN, Mr. LANCE, Mr. GRIMM, Mr. HANNA, Mr. KING of New York, Mr. MEEKS, Mrs. CAROLYN B. MALONEY of New York, Mrs. MCCARTHY of New York, Mr. CROWLEY, Mr. NADLER, Mr. ANDREWS, Mr. RUNYAN, Mr. LOBIONDO, Ms. MENG, Mr. SEAN PATRICK MALONEY of New York, Mr. PASCRELL, Mr. TONKO, and Mr. BISHOP of New York) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


To temporarily increase the borrowing authority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for carrying out the National Flood Insurance Program.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


(a) Section 1309(a) of the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 4016(a)) is amended by striking `$20,725,000,000' and inserting `$30,425,000,000'.

(b) The amount provided by this section is designated by the Congress as an emergency requirement pursuant to section 403(a) of S. Con. Res. 13 (111th Congress), the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2010, and as an emergency pursuant to section 4(g) of the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 (2 U.S.C. 933(g))."


There is no junk in the bill. You see the full text that the KS. reps voted no on.

This is just the first installment of the hurricane relief so there was no reason for our Reps to vote no on this. There are later installments and if those bills contain "junk", they can vote no then.

tomatogrower 3 years, 7 months ago

Thank you, Katara, for the facts, to counter the stupid lies that the conservative kool aid drinkers are spreading.

lilyspurpleplasticpurse 3 years, 7 months ago

Kansas was #9 in FEMA relief in 2011. The list of Top 9 states by number of FEMA disaster designations:

Texas, 75 Oklahoma, 45 California, 24 New Mexico, 13 Arizona, 12 Tennessee, 12 New York, 11 Kansas, 10 Nebraska, 10

tomatogrower 3 years, 7 months ago

Maybe Kansas should get any help for the drought. Maybe next time a Kansas town it wiped out, we should just say suck it up and move somewhere else. The Kansas reps are an embarrassment to our state.

Armstrong 3 years, 7 months ago

Notice that money was designated to pay our debt. Just helpin ya out Rothy

Armstrong 3 years, 7 months ago

Uncle Buck, obviously you were sleeping during the last election. The candy man aka Dobama was re-elected. Feel free to keep playing the victim and don't try to better yourself

notaubermime 3 years, 7 months ago

It is sad when US Representatives sound just like internet trolls.

tomatogrower 3 years, 7 months ago

Unfortunately it will never happen. The conservative's rich friends who give them lots of money don't grow fruits and vegetables. And they really could care less about the health of American citizens. They have proven that over and over.

Greg Cooper 3 years, 7 months ago

So what you're saying is that the commodities that cost less at the store and are most widely used by morre Americans should be subsidized less because the "healthier" goods are bought and consumed by fewer people? Seems to me that your chart misses the point that the most dollars go to the products that are grown most. If your chart were to compare the PRICE of goods as a percentage of the SUPPORT given by Congress, I believe you'd find that the fruits, veggies, and nuts cost more in the stores than the corn meal, corn oil and other myriad grain products sold there.

Katara 3 years, 7 months ago

Commodities cost less because of being subsidized. People buy them more often because they cost less. If fruits, nuts & veggies were subsidized (which would make them more affordable for more people), you would see people consuming more of them.

cowboy 3 years, 7 months ago

Hippocrits !

Huelskamp , voted for Ks drought relief , Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp, (Ks-1) by any measure one of the party’s most conservative members, took a bit of federal cash — just $258 in a disaster relief payment. But according to the Environmental Working Group, H & H Farms, which is owned by Huelskamps’ parents, received $1,169,499 in federal farm subsidies from 1995 to 2009.

Jenkins , voted local drought relief

Pompeo , voted local drought relief , denied Sandy , then puts a RedCross banner on his website.

Yoder votes no on everything and would rather be off swimming naked

Larry Sturm 3 years, 7 months ago

voting the way the Kock bros, tell them to.

KEITHMILES05 3 years, 7 months ago

It is truly a sad state of affairs having the 4 reps from Ks. not line up and support the country. They are the same as treasonous and should be booted out of office on that alone.

Katara 3 years, 7 months ago

And again, what you are referring to is not the bill referred to in the article. H.R. 41 is what the representatives voted no on.

It is strange. Your article doesn't mention the name of the bill or any reference to a bill number so one can look the actual bill up. I wonder why...

Ken Lassman 3 years, 7 months ago

Katara, I admire your gentle persistence: by my count you've brought up the fact that the bill voted against by the Kansas delegation was a very simple one with absolutely no "pork" attached. You've given links, copied and pasted the entire bill into the text of your comment and asked for their sources for the mis-claim that pork was included.

Ideology blinds absolutely, I guess. You can lead a horse to water, but sometimes the harness is attached to the tail, I guess.

Katara 3 years, 7 months ago

Thank you. The best way to combat deliberate misinformation is to show what the actual information really says.

It won't change the minds of the ones spreading misinformation but it can open the eyes for everyone else.

Katara 3 years, 7 months ago

This should anger you all.

H.R. 41 is so that legitimate claims can be paid out for the National Flood Insurance. These claims are from people who paid their flood insurance premiums. They paid into the system so that they would have coverage for a disaster such as Hurricane Sandy.

They were being responsible by purchasing this coverage and anyone with a mortgage for a house in a flood zone would have been required to pay for flood insurance (usually as part of escrow).

Our representatives tried to deny compensation for legitimate claims to people who had purchased flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program when they voted no on H.R. 41.


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