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Okla. senator says budget cuts should pay for tornado aid

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LAST UPDATED: 09:53 a.m. HST, May 21, 2013


WASHINGTON >> Conservative Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn says that any additional federal aid to help tornado victims and to rebuild devastated areas of his state should be financed with cuts to other programs in the government's $3.6 trillion budget.

Spokesman John Hart says it's a position Coburn has consistently held regarding federal spending on disasters dating to the 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City.

But federal disaster aid such as $60 billion passed earlier this year to rebuild coastal states including New York and New Jersey from Superstorm Sandy typically is approved as "emergency" spending that is simply added to the budget deficit. That may happen again if more aid is need for Oklahoma.

Federal disaster aid coffers remain flush from the infusion of Sandy aid.






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Pacej001 wrote:
This story makes if Coburn made such a statement while victims were still being pulled from the rubble. The fact is the left wing Huffington post made probed Coburn practically before the roof shingles were out of the air in order to embarrass him. This is call liberal/progressive "sensitivity", attempting to make political hay out of a disaster.
on May 21,2013 | 07:45AM
eoe wrote:
So? He blocked aid to superstorm Sandy so an absolutely natural question to ask would be are you going to put your money where your mouth is? And frankly not to be insensitive but I actually hope that the "maker" states - you know, the Blue States like NJ, NY and Conn which fund the red states - remember where red state "taker" state Oklahoma stood when they needed help. Maybe we should debate the merits of helping for a few months.
on May 21,2013 | 09:22AM
allie wrote:
agree..this bad senator is a hater of Oklahoma and America. Republicans serve the rich and not the people. The sad thing is most Oklahomans are poor or not more than middle class. When they vote for pro-Republican rich they vote against their own self interest.
on May 21,2013 | 10:00AM
serious wrote:
I guess what you are suggesting is that if the Oakies were all on welfare like the blue states they should get more aid. Look at the multi millions paid to the twin towers people and the OK bombing----nothing, but their tax dollars paid for the others. Is Sandy any different that the tornado damage? Take a look at the Red states, that's where the middle class, the farmers, the people who work for a living live. Not the ones that vote for a living.
on May 21,2013 | 10:31AM
allie wrote:
Blue states subsidize the red states. I feel sorry for the victims in Oklahoma. They were duped into doing the bidding of the rich.
on May 21,2013 | 10:41AM
lee1957 wrote:
Try filling up your gas tank or heating your blue home without red states. That is such an asinine arguement.
on May 21,2013 | 11:56AM
Pacej001 wrote:
I see you've been reading bumper stickers at Whole Foods again.
on May 21,2013 | 10:38AM
Pacej001 wrote:
Facts must offend you, so my apologies, but here they are: Emergency relief, what we're talking about here, was in no way delayed by the Republicans, definitely not Coburn or the GOP Senate. The relief bill WAS delayed in the House because it was filled with Pork, spending not associated with Hurricane relief. Mayor Mike Bloomberg on the initial GOP opposition to the bill of which only approximately 50% was actual disaster relief, "New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told a radio audience today that the ire was misdirected — and should have been aimed at legislators that exploited a crisis to fund their own hobby horses.
on May 21,2013 | 10:37AM
OldDiver wrote:
You may recall Republican Governor Chris Christie blasting Republicans in Congress for opposing aid for Sandy victims.
on May 21,2013 | 12:51PM
Pacej001 wrote:
Christie was wrong and lost a great number of supporters when he did this knowing that the GOP was holding up the bill because of the amount of pork stuffed into it by democrats.
on May 21,2013 | 12:53PM
OldDiver wrote:
Says you and Fox News.
on May 21,2013 | 02:26PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Name the pork stuffed in the New Jersey relief?
on May 21,2013 | 04:12PM
lee1957 wrote:
He blocked aid to superstorm Sandy? The article says a $60 billion dollar aid package was provided.
on May 21,2013 | 11:54AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
I this guy for real? He wants to wait to send aid to his home state until such time as the folks in Washington, who have had no recent success on agreeing to anything, makes adjustment to the budget? This is what happens when you demand cuts to finance the Hurricane Sandy aid; you kind of paint yourself in a corner with the next disaster even if its your own State.
on May 21,2013 | 08:18AM
Pacej001 wrote:
Where in the story did you find "want's to wait to send aid"? Must between the lines, because it isn't there in print. Also, please note that over 50% of Hurricane Sandy "aid" from the Federal government went to porkbarrel projects having little relation to aiding those affected. Borrowing money from the Chinese (in the name of all US taxpayers) then giving it to political cronies for non-disaster relief purposes is criminal, one of the things Coburn is getting at.
on May 21,2013 | 09:08AM
eoe wrote:
Citation.
on May 21,2013 | 09:24AM
Pacej001 wrote:
Ok. Where is your citation? Not in the story above.
on May 21,2013 | 10:31AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
No appropriation no aid the effect of his policy to do a budget deal to fund aid to his own state means he will have to wait to get the aid flowing. I guess you couldn't figure out the effect of this guy's own misguided policy but not to worry the rest of the Senate will just ignore him and make sure the aid flow in as needed.
on May 21,2013 | 11:02AM
lee1957 wrote:
Could you restate that comment in english?
on May 21,2013 | 11:56AM
Pacej001 wrote:
Here's the way it works: Boat loads of money are appropriated/authorized for the current fiscal year. This money isn't spent or obligated instantly. In effect, it sits there until the agency is able to use. Often, at the end of the year, there's a rush to spend unspent bucks. I guarantee there's plenty of money sitting around out there. The question Coburn has is whether or not that money should be reprioritized to spend on unexpected disaster. Why is this irrational? If we knew a disaster was going to happen in advance wouldn't we put it in our spending plan? Answer: Yes. Are there probably government spending items in the current budget LESS important than helping the people of Oklahoma (or NJ). Answwer: also, yes.
on May 21,2013 | 12:22PM
CriticalReader wrote:
The Federal Government should budget a trillion or two to help Hawaii alleviate the effects of the Jones Act on local prices and COL in general, and to subsidize our air travel. And to help remedy the corrosive effects of salt air on our things.
on May 21,2013 | 09:48AM
allie wrote:
what about funding the Micronesians who come mainly for the free benefits.
on May 21,2013 | 10:01AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Hon, that was the contract America signed when they used their islands to test nuclear bombs.
on May 21,2013 | 10:19AM
allie wrote:
long after the bombing you mean. But it was a mistake in anyc ase. What a horrible price we all paid for the manufactured Cold War.
on May 21,2013 | 10:42AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Hon, the testings were in the late fifties. The Micronesians bring their children to the USA for birth defects,rumors and cancers. Radiation does not go away. So many generations have died because of this. Their grief still goes on.
on May 21,2013 | 10:52AM
OldDiver wrote:
Wrong, radiation will eventually go away. Could be 50 thousand years from now though. :)
on May 21,2013 | 12:53PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Yes, they should fund all Micronesians in Hawaii. But, not Micronesians anywhere else. Only in Hawaii. And, they should pay all of the cost of Rail (both construction and operational). And, we should get all our highways repaved at Federal cost. And, we should all get car purchase subsidies, becasue as any car salesman will tell you, the cost of shipping and high overhead in Hawaii is the reason our prices are increased by the Hawaii dealer mark up which makes cars so much higher than the msrp the mainland guys start negotiations at. We're a disaster area too, depending on your perspective. And, we should get a Tax break equal to our tax bills because if we didn't tough it out and live here, Japan or China would try to colonize Hawaii and that wouldn't be good. Plus, we have to deal with the stress of knowing we're the closest US land to North Korea and they can't shut those lunatics over there up, so it stresses us out, which is worth at least a complete tax break.
on May 21,2013 | 02:24PM
allie wrote:
It is not fair to bill Hawaii for USA mistakes
on May 21,2013 | 02:35PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Hon,I believe we are USA.....but mainlanders are always making that mistake.
on May 21,2013 | 04:17PM
kuewa wrote:
How about starting with cuts to Coburn's and Imhofe's salsry, benefits, expense accounts, and staff. Then cut the Federal funding for Oklahoma educational funding, roadwork, NIH research funding and agricultural support That should do it.
on May 21,2013 | 01:55PM
allie wrote:
Both of these dudes serve their rich pay masters. The Tea Party are useful fools who are manipulated by the rich.
on May 21,2013 | 02:36PM
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