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Why 58 Representatives Who Voted For Hurricane Katrina Aid Voted Against Aid For Sandy

Why 58 Representatives Who Voted For Hurricane Katrina Aid Voted Against Aid For Sandy

by Theodoric Meyer ProPublica

When Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, Congress passed two relief bills almost unanimously. But when it comes to Hurricane Sandy, some in Congress seem to have had a change of heart.

After Katrina, a $51.8 billion relief package passed the House of Representatives 410 to 11. Another bill, which allowed the National Flood Insurance Program to borrow more money, sailed through 416 to 0.

On Tuesday, the House passed a $50.7 billion relief package for Sandy. This time, 180 representatives voted against it — 179 Republicans, one Democrat — 56 of whom had voted for the similarly sized Katrina bill.

Another Sandy bill earlier this month also garnered opposition. That bill, almost identical to the one on the flood insurance program passed after Katrina, was opposed by 67 representatives, all Republicans.

In total, 58 representatives voted against bills this month similar to ones that they had supported after Katrina.

Here’s a breakdown of how each of them voted on the two Katrina bills and the two Sandy ones:

Robert B. Aderholt AL Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Mike D. Rogers AL Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Trent Franks AZ Rep. Yea Nay Yea Nay
Ed Royce CA Rep. Yea Nay Yea Nay
Ken Calvert CA Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Darrell Issa CA Rep. Yea Nay Didn’t Vote Yea
Gary G. Miller CA Rep. Yea Nay Yea Didn’t Vote
Dana Rohrabacher CA Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
John L. Mica FL Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Jeff Miller FL Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Tom Price GA Rep. Yea Nay Yea Nay
Phil Gingrey GA Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Mike Simpson ID Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Tom Latham IA Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Dave Camp MI Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Candice S. Miller MI Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Fred Upton MI Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
John Kline MN Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Sam Graves MO Rep. Yea Nay Yea Nay
Virginia Foxx NC Rep. Nay Nay Yea Nay
Howard Coble NC Rep Yea Nay Yea Yea
Walter B. Jones NC Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Patrick T. McHenry NC Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Steve Pearce NM Rep. Yea Nay Yea Nay
Jeff Fortenberry NE Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Lee Terry NE Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Steve Chabot OH Rep. Yea Nay Yea Nay
Pat Tiberi OH Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Greg Walden OR Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Tim Murphy PA Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Joe Pitts PA Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Bill Shuster PA Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Joe Wilson SC Rep. Yea Nay Yea Nay
Marsha Blackburn TN Rep. Yea Nay Yea Nay
John J. Duncan Jr. TN Rep. Yea Nay Yea Nay
Jim Cooper TN Dem. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Louie Gohmert TX Rep. Yea Nay Yea Nay
Kenny Marchant TX Rep. Yea Nay Yea Nay
Randy Neugebauer TX Rep. Yea Nay Yea Nay
William M. Thornberry TX Rep. Yea Nay Yea Nay
Michael C. Burgess TX Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
John Carter TX Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Kay Granger TX Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Ralph M. Hall TX Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Jeb Hensarling TX Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Sam Johnson TX Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Michael McCaul TX Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Ted Poe TX Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Pete Sessions TX Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Lamar Smith TX Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Rob Bishop UT Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Robert W. Goodlatte VA Rep. Yea Nay Yea Nay
J. Randy Forbes VA Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Doc Hastings WA Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Cathy McMorris Rodgers WA Rep. Yea Nay Yea Yea
Tom Petri WI Rep. Yea Nay Yea Nay
Paul D. Ryan WI Rep. Yea Nay Yea Nay
F. James Sensenbrenner WI Rep. Nay Nay Yea Nay

Source: Clerk of the House of Representatives

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