The tornado damage near Oklahoma City is still being assessed and the death toll is expected to rise, but already Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., says he will insist that any federal disaster aid be paid for with cuts elsewhere.
CQ Roll Call reporter Jennifer Scholtes wrote for CQ.com Monday evening that Coburn said he would “absolutely” demand offsets for any federal aid that Congress provides.
Coburn added, Scholtes wrote, that it is too early to guess at a damage toll but that he knows for certain he will fight to make sure disaster funding that the federal government contributes is paid for. It’s a position he has taken repeatedly during his career when Congress debates emergency funding for disaster aid.
Scholtes points out that Coburn was one of 36 Republican senators who voted against disaster funding for Superstorm Sandy in January.
The bodies aren't cold yet, and Coburn's already putting on his green visor and counting nickels. Not only is this morally offensive, it's terrible economic policy.
But I'm sure this clownery will be called "brave" and "principled" by the village media.
Buried in Ryan Lizza's juicy piece on the Republican Caucus of the House of Representatives <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/03/04/130304fa_fact_lizza?currentPage=all">is this tasty little nugget.</a>
Jon Stewart slammed House Minority Leader Eric Cantor for his heartless demands that aid for tornado victims in Joplin MO must be offset by spending cuts that he made on Face the Nation last week.
STEWART: You know, Republicans are always so Read more...
Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn (R) on Sunday said that the federal government had "created kind of a predicate, that you don't have to be responsible for what goes on in your state" by providing aid after disasters like the tornado that hit the Oklahoma City area last week.
Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe (R), who maintains that <A href="http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/11/inhofe-moveon-org-george-soros-michael-moore-created-global-warming-hoax/">global warming is a hoax</a> created by former Vice President Al Gore and the United Nations, said on Tuesday that it was "hard to explain" why Monday's tornado was "so much worse."