by Max Brantley
File your comments. Some final thoughts:
Yes, Tom Cotton supported FEMA money for Arkansas.
Yes, that money comes from the same pot of FEMA money increased by Congress — but not with Tom Cotton's vote — to help Hurricane Sandy victims. Same money. Same pot. Same issue. Good for Arkies. Not so good for those Damn Yankees, at least to Tom Cotton.
Where's Cotton's call now for no money for Arkansas until some money is saved elsewhere. What say we start with government handouts to farmers, eh, Tommy?
U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman, along with Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-1), Tim Griffin (AR-2), Steve Womack (AR-3), and Tom Cotton (AR-4) today sent a letter to President Obama and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate supporting Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe’s request for a disaster declaration for Central Arkansas following severe December snow storms and widespread power outages.
... [FROM THE LETTER] Arkansas is a predominantly rural state and this series of disasters has exceeded the ability of our local governments to respond. The past several years have been particularly difficult for Arkansas residents due to numerous severe weather events. We appreciate the financial assistance received as a result of several federal disaster and emergency declarations, many of which impacted the same communities still in the recovery process, and the quick, comprehensive response of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. We hope that a similar response will follow this disaster.
An Entergy Arkansas press release today estimated that it would take $55 million to $65 million to repair its power lines serving the more than 194,000 customers who lost power in the Christmas Day storm. The utility will present a cost recovery proposal to the Arkansas Public Service Commission in March.
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