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SC House Reps Vote Against Sandy Relief Bill Again

All five Republicans vote against bill which passes anyway.

At the start of this session of Congress, a large number of Republicans in Congress voted against a relief bill that provided flood insurance to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Among the votes against, were four Republicans from South Carolina. The bill passed anyway.

The larger portion of the relief bill came before Congress on Tuesday, it passed by a narrower margin than the previous relief bill. Again, House Republicans voted against it. Rep. Tom Rice from the newly formed District 7, joined his four fellow Republicans (Reps. Joe Wilson, Trey Gowdy, Jeff Duncan and Mick Mulvaney) this time, after voting in favor of the first bill. The full House vote on the bill can be seen HERE.

In the accompanying video Rep. Mulvaney from the 5th District explains his position to CNN's Soledad O'Brien.

Rep. Jeff Duncan of the 3rd District posted the following on his Facebook page:

"I offered an amendment that cut a modest $1 million out of a $51 billion dollar bill for Hurricane Sandy Relief. My amendment targeted what was essentially an earmark that was added by the Senate, that authorized $1 million to a program that pays lawyers to sue people, and often times sue our own government. Throughout the day, I voted time and time again to save the taxpayers BILLIONS of dollars, but I offered this particular amendment because 1) the program is wasteful 2) it has nothing to do with disaster relief 3) it was a modest step in the right direction. My amendment failed by a vote of 202-217. If we can't get a majority of Congress to agree to cut $1 MILLION, from a $51 BILLION bill, when we're already $16 TRILLION in debt, how do we ever expect to balance our budget?"

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Ken January 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Once our State representatives how stupid that they can be, playing partisan politics with the lives of people. This type of uncaring nonsense needs to end now. Two four year terms for ALL elected officials would be a good place to start.
Rusty Inman January 16, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Once again, let's consider the number of times that South Carolina has, without any real dissenting voices in Congress, been the beneficiary of federal funds in the wake of a natural disaster. One wonders if, say, in the wake of Hurricane Hugo, Representatives Duncan, Wilson, Mulvaney, Rice and Gowdy would have voted against the funds earmarked for disaster relief in their own state. One wonders if Mr. Mulvaney would have insisted that, in order for him to vote for it, funds included in the bill would have to be pulled from other line items in the budget. One wonders if, the money having been approved by Congress, Mr. Duncan would have led an effort to refuse it because the bill did not have the "fiscal purity" he apparently demands. The hypocrisy of their opposition to relief for those decimated by Hurricane Sandy is almost blinding. Those who would eagerly take that which they would deny to others in the same situation should not have a seat at the table where the adults are making serious decisions about public policy.
Hal Millard January 16, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Call me cynical, but the impact of this 'no' vote would seem to have to no real, direct political consequences for these lawmakers — not with most constituents, and certainly not with their hardcore Tea Party base, who will roundly applaud their supposed ideological purity in the guise of fiscal restraint and responsibility. The real impact may be the negative karma their 'no' votes have potentially created for the next time SC desperately needs aid, in the event of a hurricane or some other calamity. It will be interesting then to see if our state's GOP delegation to Congress sings the same tune.
Bobby Foster January 17, 2013 at 02:59 AM
I go with Gowdy !
Rusty Inman January 17, 2013 at 03:08 AM
These "nay" votes are less indicative of a lack of care than pure political calculation. And you are right that a vote of such blatant hypocrisy will be applauded by a majority of these guys' constituents---ideological purity, after all, always trumps the best interests of people. The Tea Party ideologues are nothing more than marionettes whose strings are pulled by those who actually founded what is laughably termed a "grassroots movement"---Big Money. The price they have exacted from us goes far beyond dollars and cents---though that is certainly part of it---to the very soul of South Carolina and, on a larger scale, the very soul of this country. I would not have thought I would ever see the day when South Carolinians would reward politicians for not helping other parts of the country who now know what we have known too many times---the devastation left in a hurricane's wake. We once were better than that. Call me cynical, too. And, disgusted. And, for my beloved home state, sad.
George Grace January 22, 2013 at 10:43 PM
I think people are finally starting to understand Joe Wilson for what he is - self-serving.

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