7 Oct 2015

Lindsey Graham’s disaster relief hypocrisy: He wants federal aid for his state’s floods but voted against Hurricane Sandy relief

We just knew that after all those red state Republicans voted against federal aid in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in 2013 (months after the 2012 storm), their greed would come back to haunt them, because nature doesn’t observe borders.
Republican presidential candidate and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is this week’s GOP hypocrite, calling for an unlimited amount of federal resources to aid his flood stricken home state while denying any recollection of his 2013 NO vote on federal relief for areas affected by Sandy.
“Let’s just get through this thing, and whatever it costs, it costs,” Graham told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room” on Monday.
Republicans complained that the $50 billion federal bill for Sandy relief was overloaded with unrelated “pork.” Graham voted against that bill, which was eventually signed by President Obama. Graham also voted against a much smaller $9 billion relief package.
But I guess now that so-called “biblical level” rainfall, the sixth to hit the U.S. since 2010, has devastated parts of South Carolina, the long-shot presidential aspirant has changed his tune.

But when asked by Blitzer about his earlier attempts to block federal funding for New Jersey in 2013, Graham feigned ignorance: “I’m all for helping the people in New Jersey. I don’t really remember me voting that way. Anyway, I don’t really recall that, but I’d be glad to look and tell you why I did vote no, if I did.”
But as ThinkProgress noted at the time of Graham’s vote against relief for Sandy victims, the South Carolina Republican had already been a long time hypocrite on the issue of federal aid for states that aren’t his home, having already “requested disaster relief after freezing and boasted of obtaining emergency drought relief.”

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