StopFemaNow and all it’s members, from across the country, send our prayers to all #HARVEY survivors. Please be safe and prepare for the worst.
We urge all Federal Legislators to not let partisan politics get in the way of appropriating federal funds to this Disaster. When partisan politics gets involved, the only ones who suffer are Flood Survivors.
What our Federal Elected officials need more than anything is to make sure the allocated funds are spent wisely. Since Katrina and through all the disasters including Superstorm SANDY the same mistakes, fraud and errors keep occurring. Our Government can and MUST do better.
Below are clips and the article about the Texan Politicians that voted against Superstorm SANDY aid.
“In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, a storm that hit New Jersey and New York in 2015, eight Texas Republicans voted against increasing flood insurance, and 23 voted against emergency funding for victims.
Both measures ultimately passed the House and Senate before being signed into law by President Obama. But the history of votes against flood insurance benefiting other needy states could come back to haunt Texas members of Congress should they have to apply for federal funding themselves after Hurricane Harvey. Projected damages from the storm could reach nearly $40 billion.
The first bill funding Sandy aid granted the Federal Emergency Management Agency a temporary $9.7 billion increase in borrowing authority for the National Flood Insurance Program, passing 354-67 in the House and by voice vote in the Senate.
Republican Reps. Mike Conaway of Midland, Bill Flores of Bryan, Louie Gohmert of Tyler, Kenny Marchant of Coppell, Mac Thornberry of Clarendon, Randy Weber of Pearland, and Roger Williams of Austin voted no on the bill, as did former Rep. Randy Neugebauer of Lubbock.
Both Texas Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz also voted no. With the exception of Houston Rep. John Culberson, all Texas Republicans congress members at the time voted against the bill. All but three are still in office today.
Despite the fact that Texas is a state prone to big natural disasters, lawmakers have stood by their votes .
“We’re continually bailing out this program and it’s clear that it’s no longer solvent,” Heather Vaughan, a spokeswoman for Neugebauer, said following the votes. Neugebauer co-sponsored the program’s expansion in 2005 after Hurricane Emily hit Texas, but not in 2013 for Sandy.
Several of the dissenters had previously pushed for flood funding when it affected Texas. The 32-member Texas delegation urged then-President George Bush to fund flooded areas in Texas in 2007.
Gohmert, who voted against both measures, pushed then Gov. Rick Perry and then President George W. Bush to include eight additional counties in those that could apply to receive FEMA funding in 2008.
Marchant, who also voted against both, signed a 2010 letter along with Reps. Joe Barton of Arlington, Michael Burgess of Pilot Point, Kay Granger of Fort Worth and Lamar Smith asking Obama to support Perry’s request for a federal disaster declaration for 13 Texas counties affected by Tropical Storm Hermione.
In 2011, Thornberry blasted Obama’s rejection of a Texas wildfire declaration that would have qualified counties for federal assistance.
Read the full story here