Which Georgia Congressmen Voted Against Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund?
By Viola Davis RN BSN
We look forward to the explanation the Georgia Congressmen will give to justify the vote against the Sandy Relief Fund especially when our state experienced severe flooding in the years 2005 and 2009.
In 2009, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reported that 23 counties in Georgia were declared disaster areas due to flooding and that 16, 981 homes and 3,482 businesses were affected by floodwaters. Ten lives were lost in the flood. The total estimated damages exceeded $193 million. (H.E.Longenecker, Federal Emergency Management Agency, November 2009)
After reading several stories on the Sandy Relief Fund vote, we noticed the focus was on the 67 Congressmen that voted against the bill. Of the 67 Congressmen, five are from the great state of Georgia. Who are the Congressmen that voted against hurricane Sandy Relief Fund? We are embarrassed to say they include the following:
- Tom Price – Republican from District 6
- Rob Woodall – Republican from District 7
- Tom Graves – Republican from District 14
- Paul Broun – Republican from District 10
- Doug Collins – Republican from District 9
An article published on Forbes.com stated “In 2009, Georgia Republican Paul Broun applauded the large sums of FEMA money being spent in his congressional district when parts of Stephens County suffered serious damage as a result of …wait for it…flooding.”
There are not many American citizens that would praise these Congressmen for voting against the Sandy Relief Fund especially after the devastating effect of the hurricane. How can anyone play such games with American suffering? Please contact these Congressmen and asked them if they plan to take such a stand the next time Georgia need a “helping hand” to survive a natural disaster.
Finally, contact the following bipartisan “Georgia Champions” and thank them for showing that a majority of the Congressmen from Georgia have a “heart” for Americans having to endure a natural disaster. Please send prayers for Congressman John Lewis whose wife of 44 year died, Lillian Miles Lewis.
Georgia Congressmen that are “Bipartisan Champions” which voted for Sandy Relief Funds include:
ü Jack Kingston – Republican from District 1
ü Bishop Sanford – Democrat from District 2
ü Lynn Westmoreland – Republican from District 3
ü Hank Johnson – Democrat from District 4
ü John Barrow – Democrat from District 12
ü Austin Scott – Republican from District 8
ü Phil Gingrey – Republican from District11
ü David Scott – Democrat from District13