Texans with their hand out
President Trump on Friday signed a $15 billion Hurricane Harvey relief bill that includes a short-term suspension of the debt ceiling and funding to keep the government running for the next three months.
Earlier Friday, the package passed in the House of Repreentatives by a 316-90 vote, with all opposing votes coming from Republicans.
September 8th, 2017 11:54pm
While both Texas senators, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, voted for their chamber's version on Thursday, not all 36 Texans in the U.S. House were on board.
Four Texas Republicans voted against the bill: U.S. Reps. Joe Barton of Ennis, Jeb Hensarling of Dallas, Sam Johnson of Richardson and Mac Thornberry of Clarendon. None of these four members represent counties that were in the direct path of the storm or part of FEMA's disaster declaration in the Harvey aftermath.
September 8th, 2017 11:55pm
"with all opposing votes coming from Republicans"
I'm on their side. I dislike this whole "it's a disaster" thing and then a federal bailout when the problem is you built a house in a flood zone and you KNEW it was going to get wiped out and apparently you didn't buy flood insurance either which would have covered it without needing a federal bailout.
The federal bailouts mean everyone knows if there's a disaster someone else will pay. So they do stupid shit like build in flood plains and then say why should I buy flood insurance if there is a flood the taxpayers will buy me a new house.
That is bullshit.
A real disaster should at least be something that isn't 100% predictable.
Earthquakes are less predictable BUT if the problem is your house isn't built to modern earthquake standards, that is a risk you chose and you should bear the cost.
Volcanos are less predictable, but if you build a house on the slopes of a volcano, that is a risk you decided to take.
Tsunamis are unpredicable, but you decided to built a house on the coast? Your fault.
Mudslides, etc. Pretty much all this shit is the fault of the person buying or building the house.
September 9th, 2017 8:19am
"short-term suspension of the debt ceiling and funding to keep the government running for the next three months. "
Of course Republicans would be against this.
September 9th, 2017 9:56am
Not JUST 90 Republicans. But 90 TEA-PARTY Republicans. Only they call themselves the "Freedom Caucus" now, same thing.
Because they don't really believe in governance, they just believe in making noise then crippling the Federal Government.
Wow, good thing we have some responsible Democrats in office who'll make deals to keep the Government open. And provide services to Hurricane survivors.
The Tea-Party is harsh, selfish, short-sighted, and destructive. The latest vote simply demonstrates that very clearly, if you have your eyes open.
September 9th, 2017 12:00pm
> if you have your eyes open
September 9th, 2017 6:07pm