Some Hurricane Sandy aid diverted to South in D.C. deal
Sen. Chuck Schumer defended the changes that divert some Sandy funds to the South and Midwest, saying emergency appropriations like the Sandy bill often become "legislative vehicles" that cover multiple disasters.
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#1 Dec 26, 2012
Chuck sounds like he's full of shit to me.
#2 Dec 26, 2012
But staffers in both parties acknowledged that the handwritten tweaks were aimed at winning the votes of Republicans, especially Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana. A Vitter spokesman declined to comment.
Such pressure probably helped secure votes from Republicans such as Sens. Richard Shelby of Alabama, which faces hurricanes, and Roy Blunt of Missouri, where tornados are common.
Once Democrats had enough GOP commitments to reach 60 votes, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who had worked to kill the bill, freed his members to support it. The result was a 97-1 vote Friday to advance the measure.
He insisted that the changes were not the only reason the measure advanced
In this sense, the Gulf and Midwest get some help because of the vehicles, not politics, he said
"Politics" aka BRIBERY is the exact reason the measure advanced.
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