Thursday, September 08, 2005

This Tops Everything

The House today passed an appropriation of $51.8 billion for Katrina-related expenditures. Guess whether Sensenbrenner voted with the 410 who were for it or the 11 who were against it. Go ahead, guess. That's right, he voted no.

We'll be waiting to see how he tries to justify this decision. The people who need their government to help them recover from this terrible tragedy are lucky that most members of Congress are more compassionate.


Bryan Kennedy said...


Democratic Congressional candidate Bryan Kennedy questioned the reasoning for Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr.’s vote against the victims and survivors of the Gulf Coast tragedy. (Roll Call Vote #460) Congressman Sensenbrenner was one of only 11 members of Congress to oppose aid to the victims of the disaster. “I don’t know what he [Sensenbrenner] was thinking,” Kennedy said. “An American city the size of Milwaukee is in ruins, its residents are scattered all over the country in temporary shelters, and Sensenbrenner doesn’t believe that they should receive assistance. I don’t think that Sensenbrenner is heartless, so I really can’t understand why he would vote against helping his fellow Americans through one of the greatest natural disasters in our nation’s history,” said Kennedy.

H.R. 3673 provides supplemental appropriations to meet immediate needs arising from the consequences of Hurricane Katrina. The $50 billion aid package would provide $2,000 to families who had been displaced and would help pay for the cleanup efforts. Kennedy commented, “Considering the economic standing of most of the Gulf Coast victims, this is the least the government could do to assist them. The good people of Wisconsin mourn for those who suffer and our heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones. The aid the President requested is the kind of assistance we expect from government in a time of crisis. Sensenbrenner owes the people of Wisconsin an answer and the people of the United States an apology. He needs to show the country that the citizens of Wisconsin care about what happens to our fellow Americans.”

Anonymous said...

Hey Bryan - you are not ready to take on Big Jim. Voters in this district agree with him, which would make you, well, in a word, wrong.

You may see the vote as a no-brainer. That much is true. It was a no-brainer. Congress reacts by looking at poll numbers. That is not Big Jim’s style. He voted the right way for the right reasons. Those are hard votes. It takes a bit more than you have to get that job done.

New Orleans is a natural lake kept dry by prayer, mediation, and luck. It ran out this time and it will again and again and again and again (you get the idea).

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