REMEMBER THE OKLAHOMA PUKES SAID NO TO SANDY FUNDS CHECK THIS OUT
Oklahoma’s two Republican senators, Tom Coburn and James Inhofe, may be in an awkward position: their tornado-devastated state needs help from the U.S. disaster relief agency whose plea for funds they rejected in 2011.
Coburn and Inhofe voted in September 2011 against a bill to provide $7 billion to help finance the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s relief fund. Coburn had unsuccessfully sought to reduce other federal programs to pay for it.
“We have plenty of areas we can cut,” Coburn said at the time. He and Inhofe also voted “no” in January when Congress completed a $60.2 billion aid plan for victims of Hurricane Sandy in the northeastern U.S.
The May 20 tornado cut a swath of devastation 20 miles long that ran through Moore, a city of about 55,000 south of Oklahoma City. Authorities said at least 24 people were killed, and Governor Mary Fallin said entire blocks were wiped out. President Barack Obama called it “one of the most destructive tornadoes in history.”
The day after the storm, Coburn’s spokesman, John Hart, said the senator wanted any new disaster-relief aid for Oklahoma