BLUNT, COLLINS ADMIT HOUSE PACKAGE SHORTCHANGES DISASTER VICTIMS
BUT WILL THEY STICK WITH LARGER SENATE PACKAGE THEY VOTED FOR JUST LAST WEEK?
Blunt and Collins Said House Disaster Aid Proposal Was Not Enough. “Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Roy Blunt of Missouri said they are reviewing what the House will pass Wednesday and what GOP leaders intend to support in an omnibus appropriations bill to come later this year. Both senators said, in no uncertain terms, though, that what the House is expected to approve is not enough for this year.” [Fox News, 9/20/11]
- Blunt Said He Was Working To Up the Disaster Relief Number. “Both senators said, in no uncertain terms, though that the House is expected to approve is not enough for this year so much so, that Blunt is working with Sen. John Hoeven, R-ND, who also voted in favor of the Reid bill, to approve more money in fiscal 2012 for Community Development Block Grants.” [Fox News, 9/20/11]
But Neither Blunt Nor Collins Has Affirmed Support For Larger Senate Bill They Voted For Just Last Week. Last week both Blunt and Collins voted for the Senate’s disaster relief bill that fully funded the recovery efforts for the disasters that took place over the past year. Now, both Collins and Blunt have refused to say if they would vote for the same bill if brought up again for a vote this week. When asked if he would vote for the disaster relief bill a second time Blunt would only say, “I’m going to look at the options.” While Collins said that she was still considering the bill adding, “It’s a question of how much, when, and whether it’s paid for.” [Vote 135, 9/15/11; Huffington Post, 9/20/11; CQ, 9/20/11]