Jordan Stoick from the Washington, D.C., office of U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem wrote this afternoon regarding her votes on Hurricane Sandy relief. Here’s what her chief of staff had to say:
The Noem votes on Sandy
There has been two major disaster relief bills since Rep. Noem has been in Congress; one for Hurricane Irene and also Hurricane Sandy. On 12/16/11, Kristi voted for $8.1B in funding for Hurricane Irene relief. Then, on 1/15/13 there were multiple votes on Hurricane Sandy assistance. Kristi voted for $17B in emergency disaster assistance for Sandy victims. There was an additional amendment to add an another $34B in non-emergency funding, of which CBO said 80% would not be spent until 2015 and beyond (hardly the definition of “emergency). After voting for the $17B in emergency funding, Kristi voted against the additional $34B in non-emergency, out-year funding amendment. And because the $34B non-emergency amendment was approved, Kristi voted against final passage because she thought the non-emergency funding shouldn’t have been rushed and attached to the needed emergency funding.