The GOP finds FEMA Jesus

On the heels of Hurricane Harvey’s disaster in Texas, heartless Republicans in Congress are preparing to cut nearly $1 billion from America’s disaster assistance programs in order to pay for Trump’s racist wall.

At the same time, Texas Republicans have made it harder for Texans to force insurance companies to make good on disaster claims; while 23 of 24 members of Texas’ GOP congressional delegation voted against the Hurricane Sandy relief bill, meant to provide much-needed aid to people in the northeast.

But now that their own constituents are dying, the GOP has suddenly found FEMA Jesus. I discuss the latest GOP hypocrisy in my latest UnPresidented podcast.

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  • Yes, and Ted Cruz needs to make a public apology from the Senate floor for not voting for Sandy relief. yes, money is going to be needed for the damage from the flooding that resulted from Harvey, but that’s no more a need than Sandy victims had.

  • It’s not just Sandy. That’s just one of many examples of Congressmen from the Texas Gulf Coast consistently voting against funding for disaster relief. And of course our Senators (Cornyn and Cruz). They can’t wait to feed at the federal trough but they are dead set against anything that helps anyone else. This is the GOP. They love talking like libertarians but it’s all bullshit.

  • Martha Bartha

    Not directly.👿

  • Zorba

    Somebody needs to slap the sh!t out of Ted Cruz (among many others).
    He is still trying to justify his vote against Hurricane Sandy relief because “All pork, all the time!” Which has been proven false many times but he won’t listen.
    And now his hand is out, but New York and New Jersey politicians are saying “We won’t retaliate, we won’t hold it against the suffering people.” Good for them.
    As for Cruz? Isn’t it amazing that suddenly, everyone is a socialist when disaster hits.

  • Zorba

    He wasn’t involved. ;-)

  • Demosthenes

    Congress goes from summer break to fall break to Thanksgiving recess to Christmas break.

  • Martha Bartha

    We need hearings on this! Pronto! As soon as they come back from Summer break.

  • Martha Bartha

    Jesus Christ!

  • It’s important to note that insurance companies in Texas still haven’t made good from Hurricane Rita, Hurricane Ike, the wildfires of 2011… the list goes on and on. They screwed the vast majority of people who filed claims, either denying them outright, declaring repairs would fall under their massive deductibles, or not paying out anything remotely close to replacement costs. And then they foisted exponential insurance rate increases on everyone in the state. My insurance has doubled in the last few years. To the point where most of the people impacted by Hurricane Harvey do not have flood insurance, because it’s simply not in the realm of affordability, and of course flood damage isn’t covered on a normal policy. Yet, Republicans still think that insurance companies don’t have enough of an upper hand.

  • basenjilover

    Wanna bet Texas arseholes vote to include $1 billion to build wall (absolutely nothing to do with Hurricane Harvey) and media (CNN and MSNBC) won’t cover blatantly hypocrisy? Jesus H Christ, I’m sooo done with Cooper and Lemon.

  • Demosthenes

    The Democrats in Congress should condition support for Hurricane Harvey aid on dropping the Trump wall, raising the debt ceiling with no conditions, and, just for fun, an investigation into whether Trump’s Orange hair is a rug.

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