Any reasonable person should be able to agree that the humanitarian thing to do is the moral thing to do. Interestingly, the Republican party, the party of ‘family values,’ seems to contain the most anti-humanitarian folks in congress.
In a recent article, I detailed how 15 sitting members of congress from Texas voted for Harvey relief in 2017 but against Sandy relief in 2013: Ted Cruz and John Cornyn (our two sitting senators), Louie Gohmert Jr, Ted Poe, Kevin Brady, Michael McCaul, Michael Conaway, Kay Grange, Randy Weber, Bill Flores, Lamar Smith, Pete Olson, Kenny Marchant, John Carter, Pete Sessions. But the hypocrisy didn’t stop there.
The Harvey Bill, H.R. 601, appropriated 15 billion as an initial investment to rebuild from Harvey. It also raised the debt ceiling. Due to Harvey’s extensive damage, far more relief will be needed from the federal government. The main Sandy bill, H.R. 152, appropriated 60 billion in relief from the federal government. The Puerto Rico relief bill, H. RES. 569, appropriates $36.5 billion in relief aid for Puerto Rico.
Additionally, there were four Texas Republicans that voted against Harvey relief altogether: Joe Barton, Jeb Hensarling, Sam Johnson and Mac Thornberry. Interestingly, Thornberry and Johnson actually voted in favor of relief for Puerto Rico, but against relief for folks afflicted by Hurricane Harvey in their own state. Jeb Hensarling and Joe Barton have been consistently anti-humanitarian, having voted against H.R. 601 (Harvey relief), H. Res 569 (Puerto Rico relief), and H.R. 152 (Sandy relief).
Four Texas republicans voted for Harvey aid, but against aid for Puerto Rico: Louie Gohmert, John Ratcliffe, Kenny Marchant, Roger Williams.
It could be argued that those whom are voting against these relief bills are simply fiscal hawks. They don’t like the fact that we’re in so much debt. However, if that were true, all of these people would of voted against H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, which needlessly raised the defense budget from Obama’s proposed budget of 582.7 billion to 695.5 billion, a total increase of 113.8 billion.
Louie Gohmert is the only Texas Republican that voted against H.R. 2810, thus he is the only Republican that can reasonably make the case that he is a staunch fiscal hawk.
However, Gohmert voted in favor of H.R. 601, which raised the debt ceiling and provided Texas with 15 billion in federal relief funds. Interestingly, one of the counties in Gohmert’s district, Sabine, is on the list of counties which was declared a disaster area by Texas Governor Greg Abbott after hurricane Harvey. Due to the fact that Gohmert voted against H.R. 152 (Sandy relief), H. Res 569 (Puerto Rico relief), and H.R. 2810 (raising the military budget by 113.8 billion), but for H.R. 601 (Harvey relief), it can safely be deduced Gohmert is only a fiscal hawk when it is convenient as well.
Without further ado, here is the contact information of the four Texas congressmen that voted for H.R. 601 (Harvey relief), but against H. RES. 569 (Puerto Rico relief).
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