The 9 billion that 67 conservatives voted against was to give the authorization to borrow to allow FEMA to pay the benefits to those who had federal flood policies. It is also a fact that those representatives present in ‘05 voted to assist the Gulf states after Katrina. But I guess since they’re from NY or NJ it’s acceptable to label these victims as moochers and freeloaders. They are not the rugged Amricans who inhabit flyover country. Butyou might investigate the work of the Catholic Charities, Salvation Army and hundreds of other private groups and 10,000s of individals who’ve worked constantly to alleviate the suffering. Even the rugged individualists here would have to admit that those marxist NYers and Jerseyans did quite a lot for each other.
I can't imagine how frustrating and sad it must be for those people who were victims of Sandy, but the problem is, as you state FEMA has to "BORROW" the money to pay promises the Gov't made when the Gov't didn't have the $$$ in the first place to make those promises. You see, the gov't FORCE private insurance companies to back their claims not only 100% but 300%, however the gov't does not have to adhere to their own asinine rules they require private insurers, which is ludicrous!
Vermont had a little hurricane up here a year ago named Irene which wiped out homes and half the Rural Route roads in the state and people are still bitching about not getting gov't assistance to rebuild. This was over a year ago, where's Vt's baby mama?
The bill that 67 conservatives voted against included FEMA money for all disasters last year - not just you folks in NY. No problem with that. The problem was the bill was loaded with pork and paybacks to special interests e.g., millions to fix uninsured losses, cars for homeland security, 150 million for the fishing industry, and even money to put a new roof on the Smithsonian.
You may want to believe they voted against the bill to make New Yorkers suffer but that’s not the case. The bill was an attempt to funnel money to special interests under the guise of disaster aid to those with federal flood insurance.