The House GOP had already been tarred for adjourning New Year’s Day without taking up the Senate’s pork-laden Sandy relief bill, and a vote today on a $9.7 billion flood insurance package didn’t do much to help the Republicans’ image. One particularly high-profile representative who voted no today has been singled out for his stand against the bill.

Disaster relief is supposed to be non-partisan, you see. And even though today’s vote was dedicated to funding for flood insurance, with a second vote on the fattier portions of the bill set for Jan. 15, Ryan issued a statement explaining that the money just isn’t there.

Today’s legislation concerns the National Flood Insurance Program, a program $20 billion in debt and in desperate need of reform. The GAO has said that, in the future, NFIP may need to borrow money just to meet its interest payments. This legislation proposes to increase the program’s borrowing authority by $9.7 billion. It would be irresponsible to raise an insolvent program’s debt ceiling without making the necessary reforms.

Likewise, CBO projects that nearly half of the money in the bill won’t be spent until 2014 or beyond. In fact, some of the new spending would be for claims unrelated to Hurricane Sandy. In a time of crisis, we must ensure that every dollar we spend is on those who need it. President Obama and Congress owe the people of New York and New Jersey better.

This is not the time for ensuring that dollars are spent where they’re needed, it seems. Even New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who lashed out against the House GOP Wednesday for delaying the vote, had to admit that a “clean” bill was needed as soon as possible. Others, like Virginia’s Rep. Jim Moran, took Ryan’s vote — which was clearly in the minority — as “indicative narrow-minded mean-spirited attitude that so many people in the Republican majority in the House believe in today.” No surprise there, coming from Moran. But Ryan, already under fire from many conservatives for his “better than nothing” vote on the fiscal cliff deal, is taking the brunt of the criticism.

We already knew the media would try to destroy any chance Ryan had of rising to the top of the Republican party, but his recent votes have made that vision even more remote to members of both parties.

  • Jack Deth

    Yep.

    Looks like all the knee jerk, ignorant, “special snowflakes” of the short bus have chimed in. All strident in hoping that their opinions are heard and “change” is effected. By my calculations, that would equal: Zero. Divided equally.

  • http://www.facebook.com/harlan.harris.3 Harlan Harris

    Thousands of people in the conservative south were affected by wildfires last year. Almost 1000 homes burned down, not including businesses. Where was all your sympathy then; all we heard was screw the southerners? Where was a federal bailout then? Why should the rest of the country pay for to rebuild private homes in New Jersey when the country did not pay to rebuild homes in Texas. I was along the coast in New Jersey 1 week before Sandy hit and I told the coworker I was with that if a hurricane hit here the people are not prepared for it. Well they should have been better prepared.

    • grais

      And you seem to be saying, “Screw the Northeasterners”
      *shrug*

      • Ken Alan Draper

        of the 9.7 billion for sandy releif only about half of it was for sandy releif, the other half went to spending in unaffected areas. it is because of the utterly outragous porkbarrel spending inserted into the bill that the 67 voted against it. Shame on the people who porked up the bill in the first place.

        • grais

          I’d like to know where you got the information that only about half is for Sandy relief and half is for unaffected areas. Have you got a source?

          • Vennoye

            Are you talking about the Sandy Aid bill they passed today, or the Sandy Pork bill they are voting on the middle of the month??

          • grais

            I’m talking about the 9.7 billion that Ken Alan Draper is talking about, assuming he’s talking about the one they passed today, since it was for $9.7 billion. I’d really like to know where he got that info.

          • dwsmokin

            It’s available. Apparently the pork part-billions-was earmarked for certain southern states-with GOP Senators-to guarantee their support and supposedly make the bill filibuster-proof. My hat’s off to the other GOP House & Senate members for calling them on it-the bill should be for Sandy relief only, not states that were not affected by have powerful GOP Senators. I guess Harry’s attempt to buy support got smoked out.

          • grais

            Where is it available?

      • Bad things coming

        No, I think the point is: START TAKING CARE OF YOURSELVES! Be responsible for yourselves and quit whining about what all isn’t being done for you. Enough of the perpetual victim card already.

        • grais

          And that’s not what Harlan Harris said, either.

      • LochGates44

        No, screw the pork.

        • grais

          That’s not what Harlan Harris said.

      • dwsmokin

        See your point-I just wonder how many legislators from the northeast that are demanding money for relief, were lining up to vote for assistance for Texas last year. Just wonderin’

    • Joe W.

      I am one of those Texans who was impacted by those fires, and I had North Easterners telling me they hoped my F’n house burned down and killed all of my animals, too. Got no sympathy from them nor any help. Karma’s a bitch. Go to hell, Sandy “victims”…

      • grais

        Did all of them tell you that?

    • ODC-GIRL

      And President Obama even refused to declare it a natural disaster area. Petty.

    • dwsmokin

      You are correct-problem is you’re in a red state. They honestly don’t care-and that’s a shame. People talk about fixing politics, but when some vote against a pork-laden bill that was politics as usual, they get vilified. Rather than pass a bill that truly funds assistance-and not pork for certain areas-they tried the ole’ standby-and were called on it. About time.

  • Bad things coming

    Wasn’t FEMA and the big government supposed to be right there and take care of all of it? Hum? Well, the Big O said he would cut through all the red tape and make everything ok. Where is he? Body surfing in Hawaii so if you want to blame someone, blame this piss poor excuse for a president AND the people who think they are entitled to a never ending supply of taxpayer money for their problems.

    • Scarlet

      Your last line about people feeling entitled to neverending taxpayer dollars just doesn’t fit coastal Sandy victims, who PAID their federal flood insurance premiums and now, like everyone else who ever PAID premiums, deserve the coverage they PAID for when they need it. It isn’t their fault that the program was mismanaged.

      • redheadgrl

        Just a question Scarlet, does the flood insurance cover natural disasters such as tornadoes and hurricanes? I’m not sure and just asking because if I remember my risk management classes correctly, it is not. But, I could be incorrect b/c flood insurance is only issued via the federal gov’t and only applies to flood plain areas. I know my homeowners policy (which is different from flood insurance) does not cover flood if causes by a hurricane/tornado.

        • Scarlet

          You are correct re: the fed flood insurance program and re: homeowners insurance. That’s exactly my point. They paid the gov’t for insurance that, as is my understanding, they can only get from the gov’t – and is often a requirement in those areas. People should get what they paid for. Nothing more, nothing less. Thanks for and intelligent response, unlike others I’ve seen. Have a good day.

      • stuffitnow

        Scarlet, no its not, but who are you blaming?

      • 1SkepticalChick

        People may be running into issues in the difference between Flood insurance (from the ground up), and windstorm insurance (from the top down). I’m not in the insurance business, so I don’t know all of the blah, blah’s on it. I do know it’s an issue that I became aware of in Texas in ’83 after Hurricane Alicia came in at Galveston and roared her way straight up I-45 through the middle of Houston and out the other side. People were denied under their flood insurance because they weren’t flooded from the ground up, they’d lost their roofs and didn’t have windstorm insurance (top down). Or the other way around. They weren’t shown to be in a flood zone so didn’t have that coverage, but they did have windstorm insurance. They weren’t covered when they kept their roofs, but their area got flooded, maybe for the first time ever (ground up). Either way people lost everything they owned and had to pick up the pieces and figure it out. This is kind of what I see going on with Sandy. People don’t realize that if you live on or close to the water you are looking at flood AND wind, and that those are 2 separate things you need to be covered for. It’s a lesson usually learned the hard way. My advice? CYA, don’t ever assume it can’t happen to you. We were much better prepared insurance wise by the time Rita, TS Allison, and Ike came along. I think this is what people are running into with Sandy damage. Yes, it’s hard. Yes they will get through it. But not because the government did much for them immediately, it takes years to recover. It’s the risk you take when you choose where to make your home.

    • dwsmokin

      FEMA/Katrina=FEMA/Sandy. So, where’s the outrage? I don’t see it. Couldn’t be because of who is in the White House could it? Naw.

  • http://twitter.com/WilloughbyAnnie Annie Willoughby

    Widdle Cwis Cwistie wants his woller coaster back………right now or he’ll tell Obama and hold his bweath!

  • $1014973

    Blue state Sandy? Pardon me while I don’t care.

    • Scarlet

      So, if a victim of a natural disaster who paid insurance premiums lives in a state that tends to elect more Dems than Republicans, it’s OK for the federal government to take their premium money and renege on the contract to pay valid claims? If you don’t care about people who paid their bills being stiffed by their government on their valid claims, then you are not a normal conservative. Sic semper jackasses.

      • dwsmokin

        Are you saying they bought insurance from the government? Doesn’t work that way. Also, not saying that anyway. The bill in question had too much money-billions-going to states that had no Sandy storm damage-it was just a way to buy some votes-from GOP Senators. The other GOP Senators & Reps called them on it. Isn’t that how government should work?

        • grais

          NFIP = National Flood Insurance Program.

          Yes, flood insurance is bought from the Federal government.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NFIP

          The $9.7 billion approved yesterday is just for payment to property owners who had flood insurance through the NIFP.

          http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/275671-senate-sends-97b-sandy-relief-bill-to-obama

          • $1014973

            That is so weird. They were asking for 60 billion and only needed 10? How odd indeed.

          • grais

            Wrong; they’ll be voting on another $50+ billion on Jan 15. That’s the part that’s got the pork in it.

          • $1014973

            Wonderful, another chance for Republicans to abdicate their duties

        • stuffitnow

          any stakeboard parks added to this one?

        • Scarlet

          What do you mean, it doesn’t work that way? Please explain the National Flood Insurance Act to me, because it sure looks to me like homeowners buy flood insurance from the federal government. Looking forward to your correction.

          To answer your question re: pork, no. That’s not how government should work. Government should make good on its contracts with people who have upheld their end. That’s how government should work. Thanks for asking, and have a good day.

      • $1014973

        Who may I ask put the completely non Sandy related pork into the bill? Sorry twit, for starters I still don’t care. Additionally, if the federal government owes people for national flood insurance, the bills passes should be for that only and not a dime more. But as usual democrats can’t help themselves but pile all kinds of non hurricane related garbage into the bill, causing it to not get passed. There is one party, and one party only who is to blame, and that’s yours.

        Got anything else to add to the conversation wizard?

  • grais

    I’d like to suggest that Ryan get his paid ass busy ASAP “making the necessary reforms.”
    Another natural disaster somewhere in the country is inevitable.

    • dwsmokin

      Do you know why Ryan voted against it? The bill had billions earmarked to SOUTHERN states that had no Sandy damage-but important GOP Senators who would support it if they got a piece. He saw it, said the money should go to SANDY victims only-and voted against it ’till they got it right. Isn’t that what he SHOULD do? You folks should really do some research before you start ripping somebody for doing something you apparently know NOTHING ABOUT!

      • grais

        Yes, I know why…his statement is in the above article. That’s why I suggested he get busy fixing the problem he sees that caused him to vote ‘no’. He voted to deny payment to people who paid flood insurance premiums and have legitimate claims. The pork-laden part of the Senate bill was NOT voted on yesterday, (speaking of “you folks who should really do some research….”)
        *sheesh*

      • stuffitnow

        dwsmokin, i agree, but until they open those closed meetings nobody will have a clue til its over, oh thats right, i won’t understand what they are talking about!

  • Steve_J

    How much money has the government provided for “sandy” relief prior to 12-31-12?

  • Robert H. Woodman

    Ryan hurt himself if he’s planning to run for POTUS in 2016. It’s inconsistent to vote for the fiscal cliff deal and against Sandy relief, since neither deal accomplishes any kind of fiscal reform that the GOP claims to want. That said, if it were me, I would have voted for the Sandy relief with the caveat that no one whose home was destroyed by Sandy can rebuild in any flood zone. It’s stupid to permit people to live in places that WILL get flooded periodically. When the inevitable happens, evict them from the flood zone. Over time, these claims will go down, saving the taxpayers money.

    • dwsmokin

      Rather than go over it again, try doing some research. He did what we say we WANT our Reps to do. He voted against sending billions to states represented by HIS party-because they were being bought. Sheesh.

      • Robert H. Woodman

        There was no clean bill. I understand that. But you CANNOT deny people who have legitimate flood insurance claims the money they need to recover from their losses. If I pay an insurance company premiums and the insurance company doesn’t pay out damages on a valid claim, that’s breach of contract, right? Is it any less breach of contract when the FedGov does it?

      • Robert H. Woodman

        There was no clean bill. I understand that. But you CANNOT deny people who have legitimate flood insurance claims the money they need to recover from their losses. If I pay an insurance company premiums and the insurance company doesn’t pay out damages on a valid claim, that’s breach of contract, right? Is it any less breach of contract when the FedGov does it?

    • grais

      Would you say the same for people who live in tornado alley, or earthquake prone areas, or places that suffer wildfire outbreaks?

      • Robert H. Woodman

        It’s not as clear-cut as your question makes it seem.

        We can predict what areas are flood prone and with what regularity they will flood. We cannot predict the frequency or severity of tornadoes in any given area, so no, it’s not the same. Wildfire outbreaks, excluding man-made ones, are statistically predictable to a degree, but not to the same degree as flooding. Earthquake prediction is entirely statistical, and fallible, but we can predict in a limited fashion what areas will be hit most frequently, hit hardest, and what structures in those areas will suffer the most damage. Moreover, not all earthquakes are equally damaging.

        For people living in areas subject to wildfire outbreaks, I would say “Evict anyone who loses a house in an area subject to wildfire outbreaks.” For tornadoes, no eviction, but we can insist that rebuilding be to specific codes for tornado survivability, including building a storm shelter. I will have to give earthquakes more consideration as it is a trickier policy question. I would favor requiring that insurance cover the replacement cost of rebuilding a damaged or destroyed structure to current earthquake-resistant building codes.

  • wwbdinct

    BFD! Ryan wouldn’t be anyone I would have wanted in 2016 anyway. Go ahead and do your thing lefties. Ryan ain’t the one

  • chris c

    hey has anyone checked out the whole bill???? maybe if they weren’t trying to pass all kinds of other crap in there EVERYONE would have voted yes?????? maybe???? hhhmmmm i wonder???

  • http://whatandever.blogspot.com/ Osumashi Kinyobe

    If the money isn’t there, then Paul Ryan’s vote for the craptastic “fiscal cliff” deal was knowingly a terrible one.

    Yes, there is NO money. I have no ruddy idea how you Americans will pay for anything. You are feeling the pinch with each pay cheque now.

    But why blame Obama when you can just pick Paul Ryan’s name out of a hat?

    I think one can see the reasoning behind the idiocy that let Obama back in.

    • laughterjones

      Exactly it. “Hey, don’t mind my votes for all those bailout bills, I was against them in principle but I voted yes for them in principle too.” Ugh, this guy talks a big game, does some nice commercials but that is it.

  • reshas1

    Flooding in Iowa a few years ago, they rebuilt on their own.. No celebs, no president visits.

    • stuffitnow

      must mean they are “Responsible Citizens” seems some people in a limited number of states has a clue!

  • stuffitnow

    because he didn’t vote for the pork makes him a bad guy, look at the millions wasted on Katrina….gov is not the solution, its the problem, people need to start worrying for themselves and not look for that gov handout when the s*&t hits the fan!

  • laughterjones

    I’d be down for giving him a good twitter rippin for his silly yes vote on that ‘cliff’ deal a few days ago. This guy does NOT have a good voting record.

  • michael s

    Last i checked its not the media that is stopping Paul(cant win his home state)Ryan’s rise to the top of the GOP. Speaker Boehner himself said Paul Pyan is not the new leader of the republican party. Remember.

  • GaryTheBrave

    In 1971 I was living in southern Cal when the Sylmar quake hit. The VA hospital collapsed. The Van Norman Dam almost failed. Freeway bridges fell. Lots of lives lost and hundreds of millions of dollars in damage (remember I’m talking in terms of 1971 costs).

    NBC News that night asked some New Yorkers if they were going to contribute to a fund to help the victims. Nearly all of them said that we shouldn’t even be living there since we knew it was quake-prone. No government money should be used.

    Ever since then I’ve had no sympathy for NY or NYC even when the state was going bankrupt. Even now I have no sympathy for Sandy “victims.” IT WAS A CATEGORY ONE STORM FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!

    Let us not forget that there was a major cold front that came through and knocked out power along southeast coast all the way to TN. Some money should be used for that as well.

  • YWalk

    here are the 67 jackasses:

    Justin Amash (Mich.) (202) 225-3831
    Garland Barr (Ky.) (202) 225-4706
    Dan Benishek (Mich.) (202) 225-4735
    Kerry Bentivolio (Mich.) (202) 225-8171
    Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.) (202) 225-2811
    Jim Bridenstine (Okla.) (202) 225-2211
    Mo Brooks (Ala.) (202) 225-4801
    Paul Broun (Ga.) (202) 225-4101
    Steve Chabot (Ohio) (202) 225-2216
    Doug Collins (Ga.) (202) 225-9893
    Michael Conaway (Texas) (202) 225-3605
    Tom Cotton (Ark.) (202) 225-3772
    Steve Daines (Mont.) (202) 225-3211
    Ron DeSantis (Fla.) (202) 225-2706
    Scott DesJarlais (Tenn.) (202) 225-6831
    Sean Duffy (Wis.) (202) 225-3365
    Jeff Duncan (S.C.) (202) 225-5301
    John Duncan (Tenn.) (202) 225-5435
    Stephen Fincher (Tenn.) (202) 225-4714
    John Fleming (La.) (202) 225-2777
    Bill Flores (Texas) (202) 225-6105
    Virginia Foxx (N.C.) (202) 225-2071
    Trent Franks (Ariz.) (202) 225-4576
    Louie Gohmert (Texas) (202) 225-3035
    Bob Goodlatte (Va.) (202) 225-5431
    Paul Gosar (Ariz.) (202) 225-2315
    Trey Gowdy (S.C.) (202) 225-6030
    Tom Graves (Ga.) (202) 225-5211
    Sam Graves (Mo.) (202) 225-7041
    Andy Harris (Md.) (202) 225-5311
    George Holding (N.C.) (202) 225-3032
    Richard Hudson (N.C.) (202) 225-3715
    Tim Huelskamp (Kan.) (202) 225-2715
    Randy Hultgren (Ill.) (202) 225-2976
    Lynn Jenkins (Kan.) (202) 225-6601
    Jim Jordan (Ohio)(202) 225-2676
    Doug Lamborn (Colo.) (202) 225-4422
    Kenny Marchant (Texas) (202) 225-6605
    Thomas Massie (Ky.) (202) 225-3465
    Tom McClintock (Calif.) (202) 225-2511
    Mark Meadows (N.C.) (202) 225-6401
    Markwayne Mullin (Okla.) (202) 225-2701
    Mick Mulvaney (S.C.) (202) 225-5501
    Randy Neugebauer (Texas) (202) 225-4005
    Steven Palazzo (Miss.) (202) 225-5772
    Steve Pearce (N.M.) (202) 225-2365
    Scott Perry (Pa.) (202) 225-2565
    Tom Petri (Wis.) (202) 225-2476
    Mike Pompeo (Kan.) (202) 225-6216
    Tom Price (Ga.) (202) 225-4501
    Phil Roe (Tenn.)(202) 225-6356
    Todd Rokita (Ind.) (202) 225-5037
    Keith Rothfus (Pa.) (202) 225-2065
    Ed Royce (Calif.) (202) 225-4111
    Paul Ryan (Wis.) (202) 225-3031
    Matt Salmon (Ariz.) (202) 225-2635
    David Schweikert (Ariz.) (202) 225-2190
    Jim Sensenbrenner (Wis.) (202) 225-5101
    Marlin Stutzman (Ind.) (202) 225-4436
    Mac Thornberry (Texas) (202) 225-3706
    Randy Weber (Texas) (202) 225-2831
    Brad Wenstrup (Ohio) (202) 225-3164
    Roger Williams (Texas) (202) 225-9896
    Joe Wilson (S.C.) (202) 225-2452
    Rob Woodall (Ga.) (202) 225-4272
    Kevin Yoder (Kan.) (202) 225-2865
    Ted Yoho (Fla.) (202) 225-5744

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