Sen. Roy Blunt Seeks Disaster Declaration for Missouri; Voted No on Hurricane Sandy Aid

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via Facebook / Roy Blunt
Roy Blunt.
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt is pushing this week for federal assistance tied to the recent flooding in Missouri -- which generally wouldn't be all that newsworthy, if it weren't for the fact that he was one of the Republicans who voted against federal aid for the victims of Hurricane Sandy on the east coast.

Blunt and Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, fired off a joint letter to President Obama on Wednesday urging him to approve a disaster designation for the 22 counties in Missouri impacted by the flooding and flash flooding this month. The letter, on view below, comes on the heels of a formal request from Governor Jay Nixon earlier this week calling for the designation. It would allow eligible individuals and households to seek federal assistance for uninsured losses from the severe weather.

Is it hypocritical of Blunt to seek this designation after he voted against the $50.5 billion Hurricane Sandy supplemental bill in January?

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In response to our inquiry, Amber Marchand, spokeswoman for Blunt, e-mails Daily RFT this statement, in full:

As Senator Blunt repeatedly stated at the time of his vote, he did not support the $50.5 billion Sandy supplemental because it did not provide targeted disaster funding and it rewrote the Stafford Act in a way that moved the nation further away from a viable, long-term solution for funding future disasters. Senator Blunt has long said that when a disaster exceeds the ability of communities and states -- as we've witnessed with recent flooding in Missouri -- the federal government has a responsibility to step in with targeted assistance. However, Senator Blunt believes this aid should not be viewed as a chance for Congress to tack on stimulus-type spending or to change the way the federal government responds to future disasters -- as we saw with the Sandy supplemental.

This is not the first time Blunt has advocated for disaster aid for Missouri. When he voted no on Sandy, some critics recalled his 2012 demand that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid bring the Senate back to Washington to vote on a House-passed disaster relief package related to the droughts that summer.

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via Facebook / City of Rolla Fire & Rescue
Flooding in Waynesville.

McCaskill and Blunt -- whose offices both sent out press releases on the flooding this week -- have previously worked together to request federal aid during the droughts and during the devastating Joplin tornado in 2011.

Here's the full letter.

Disaster Request

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32 comments
Sarah G Mitchell
Sarah G Mitchell

This is his first term as Senator, and right out the gate sold us all out to Monsanto, he is traitor, and has been bought paid for, the Monsanto, he will be out of business, he won't be reelected.

Blake Harris
Blake Harris

I read this yesterday when you linked to it, got an axe to grind RFT? Re posting is lame

Maggie Madonia
Maggie Madonia

We have not one but two idiots that represent us in the Sentae, so sad.

Gary Muich
Gary Muich

Another stupid ignorant moron elected official!

Rob Compton
Rob Compton

Claire ain't in the big leagues. This guy is a professional dilweed.

Bill Long
Bill Long

I'm not going to bother, but I have a statement that I make about 'ol Roy' that I need to just save to disk so I can manufacture it on demand..Disgrace, baffoon, all those types of superlatives as one might suspect.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

Blunt is a cunt, the hillbilly version

Elaine Bessen
Elaine Bessen

'More than three-quarters of the Senate Republican caucus signed onto legislation introduced Wednesday by Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Rand Paul (R-KY) that could render it virtually impossible for Congress to enact any legislation intended to improve working conditions or otherwise regulate the workplace. Had their bill been in effect during the Twentieth Century, for example, there would likely be no nationwide minimum wage, no national ban on workplace discrimination, no national labor law and no overtime in most industries.' http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/08/02/2404301/36-senators-introduce-bill-prohibiting-virtually-any-new-federal-law-helping-workers/

Vicky Willhelm
Vicky Willhelm

Lol Alex, he looks out for his own alright...most of us don't fit that bill, do you? Doubt it, you sound more stupid than rich..

Diane Matthews-Longenecker
Diane Matthews-Longenecker

Have been watching this from far out west. Born and raised in Missouri and spent most of my life there. Sad to see it slipping back into the 1950's due to backward thinking politicians on all levels.

Adam Woehler
Adam Woehler

DC should be declared a federal disaster area

Hippie Granny
Hippie Granny

I can't listen to what he says. He is the worst kind of politician. One who cares more about being reelected than serving people.

Elaine Bessen
Elaine Bessen

Nice attitude given that all those blue east coast states receive far less federal dollars than red states per dollar spent, New Jersey $0.61 vs. Missouri $1.32. Surely they won't think that when St. Charles gets hit with another tornado or flood.

Steve Dixon
Steve Dixon

No, they are upset of the hypocrisy of it all. He voted against other states getting aid, but votes for his own? Its ridiculous. This has nothing to do with him being a republican or a democrat.

Alex Peck
Alex Peck

Whats wrong with this?If you dont like him,move to new york then!Your definitely liberal enough..At least he looks out for his own!

Sarah G Mitchell
Sarah G Mitchell

Roy Blunt is a traitor, he sold out to Monsanto, he thinks he is superior, but he is truly a master manipulator, and a con man, he just looking to line his pockets with tax payers money.

Bill Long
Bill Long

This man not only puts Missouri behind 50 some odd years, he is a disgrace to the human race, a salesman and crony..a baffoon.

Max Schulze
Max Schulze

He's fighting for Missouri. As a Missouri "media" outlet, you're upset why? Oh yeah, he's a Republican.

Blake Harris
Blake Harris

Nope, fuck the east coast, I've got no problem with him putting MO first.

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