Credit: Brad Gregg


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

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.

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.

Gazette staff

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