by Max Brantley
Tis an ill wind that will blow Arkansas storm victims no good when their day inevitably arrives for extra government help in the face of disaster.
The U.S. House voted tonight on a supplemental appropriation for Hurricane Sandy aid.
The final measure passed 241-180.
U.S. Rep. Tiny Tim Griffin of Judsonia, Steve Womack of Walmart and Tom Cotton of the Club for Growth's D.C. chapter said NO!!!!
U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford of Jonesboro, which knows tornadoes, voted AYE.
From Fox News:
"We are not crying wolf here," said Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., one of a group of Northeastern lawmakers from both parties who sought House passage of legislation roughly in line with what the Obama administration and governors of the affected states have sought.
Democrats were more politically pointed as they brushed back Southern conservatives who sought either to reduce the measure or offset part of its cost through spending cuts elsewhere in the budget.
"I just plead with my colleagues not to have a double standard," said Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York. "Not to vote tornado relief to Alabama, to Louisiana, to Mississippi, Missouri, to — with Ike, Gustav, Katrina, Rita — but when it comes to the Northeast, with the second worst storm in the history of our country, to delay, delay, delay."
One key vote came on an attempt by Rep. Rodney Freylinghuysen to add $33.7 billion to an original allotment of $17 billion in aid. That vote was 228-192 and included heavy Democratic support.
Please note that ALL Arkansas Republicans voted against the Freylinghuysen amendment.