Oklahoma Tornado Awkward For Oklahoma Senators Coburn & Inhofe Who Voted Against Sandy Relief

by
Owen Poindexter
The Oklahoma tornado, that has devastated large swaths of Moore and parts of Oklahoma City, has left the two Oklahoma Senators, James Inhofe and Tom Coburn (both Republican) in a delicate spot. Both voted against the Hurricane Sandy relief bill to provide billions of dollars of aid to the east coast.

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Senator Coburn (left) is in an awkward spot after voting against the Hurricane Sandy relief bill, now that the Oklahoma tornado has ravaged his state. PHOTO: Public Domain

The Oklahoma tornado, that has devastated large swaths of Moore and parts of Oklahoma City, has left the two Oklahoma Senators, James Inhofe and Tom Coburn (both Republican) in a delicate spot.  Both voted against the Hurricane Sandy relief bill to provide billions of dollars of aid to the east coast. Now, their state of Oklahoma needs billions of dollars of relief to help recover from the devastating tornado that tore through on Monday.
 
"That's totally different," Inhofe told MSNBC when asked about his Sandy vote and the Oklahoma tornado. He explained that Sandy aid "was supposed to be in New Jersey," but "they were getting things … in the Virgin Islands, fixing roads there, and putting roofs on houses in Washington, D.C."
 
Senator Inhofe is conveniently ignoring that Hurricane Sandy affected, not just New Jersey, but most of the East Coast, Haiti, Bermuda, Cuba, the Bahamas and even Eastern Canada. His comment is like saying that the Oklahoma tornado relief spending should only target Moore. There might have been excess in the Sandy bill, but disasters of this scale are a time to shoot first and ask questions later: get the aid in there, and if some of those remaining billions prove to be truly wasteful, make that case to the Senate to reallocate those dollars. Or use it as a rallying cry to cut from other areas of government.

That has actually been Senator Coburn's approach to the Oklahoma tornado: he wants aid, but he wants that aid offset by other cuts in government. Senator Coburn, look at the images the rest of us are looking at, get the aid money there, and worry about cuts later.

This isn't rocket science, it's just common sense.

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