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Gazette staff January 16th, 2013

When you’re from a state that has its fair share of natural disasters — tornadoes, drought, Toby Keith — it’s easy to understand the importance of helping other areas stricken by calamity.

Credit: Brad Gregg

Or not.

Oklahoma freshmen congressmen Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, and Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville, voted last week against a bill to provide $10 billion in emergency relief for flood victims of Hurricane Sandy, which caused an estimated $70 billion in damage in New York and New Jersey.

Fortunately for the victims of Sandy, the House of Representatives saw fit to pass the bill 357-67 to allow the National Flood Insurance Program to borrow the money needed to meet the claims.

Both Bridenstine and Mullin said the measure failed to offset the spending by making cuts elsewhere.

“While the Obama administration has argued that emergency spending should be exempt from offsets,” Bridenstine said in a written statement, “we cannot continue to spend money that doesn’t exist.”

Chicken-Fried News expects that Bridenstine and Mullin will have that same gung-ho attitude about disaster spending offsets once the spring tornado season kicks off in Oklahoma.

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01.15.2013 at 11:37 Reply

And Chicken-Fried News will get what they expected, because Jim Bridenstine is a consistent man. The fact of the matter is that we are spending our childrens' and grandchildrens' money and we are spending it on interest. We should AT LEAST offset the spending by making cuts elsewhere. Why in the world would we not? And REALLY, we CANNOT continue to spend money that DOESN'T exist!


01.17.2013 at 11:58 Reply

Right, don't spend money that doesn't exist!  Wait, didn't congress just approve a raise for themselves?  Sounds like money that doesn't exist to me.

I think we can all agree that paying interest is a bad thing.  That's not the arguement, the argument is whether we rise or fall as a nation.  But who am I kidding, there are parts of New Orleans that look like Katrina just passed by.  Congress doesn't give a crap.  Vote these criminals out, and start over.