GOP Senator James Inhofe from Oklahoma recently argued that there is no comparison between Hurricane Sandy relief, which he voted against last fall, and disaster aid for his state after the devastating tornado, because the two are “totally different.”
In a report from the Washington Post on Tuesday, Inhofe claimed that the Hurricane Sandy relief bill was filled with pork projects. They were fixing roads [in the Virgin Islands] and putting roofs on houses in Washington, D.C.,” and that people were “exploiting the tragedy that took place,” He added: “That won’t happen in Oklahoma.”
Inhofe has voted against additional funding for FEMA in the past, though in 2008 he praised relief from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to Oklahoma counties that were affected by “severe weather.”
Inhofe’s GOP senate colleague, Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, said he would push for federal aid to Oklahoma to be offset by cuts elsewhere. Like Inhofe, Coburn also voted against the relief package for Hurricane Sandy.