Frank Torres, Orlando Freelance Reporter

Cruel or Conservative? Yoho, Desantis blur edges, vote against Sandy Aid

In Uncategorized on January 5, 2013 at 2:57 am

Is it refusing to help Americans during a difficult time when needed the most?

Or is it turning back pork loaded assistance when the country is in a deep deficit?

You could see it either way really, and two of Florida’s newest additions to Congress are at the center of a controversial vote, just hours after they were sworn in, Representatives Ted Yoho, and Ron Desantis voted “No” on Hurricane Sandy aid, when fellow Republicans from the disaster stricken area criticized House Speaker John Boehner for putting off the vote.

The rest of the Florida Congressional delegation, both Republicans and Democrats voted “yes” on the measure that would deliver much need financial aid to the northeast that saw a hurricane swirl into winter conditions to hammer the north east last year.

Here are the explanations given by both Freshman Congressman to the Tampa Bay Times regarding their controversial votes.

Congressman Desantis said “I sympathize with the victims of Hurricane Sandy and believe that those who purchased flood insurance should have their claims paid. At the same time, allowing the program to increase its debt by another $9.7 billion with no plan to offset the spending with cuts elsewhere is not fiscally responsible,”

Yoho took a more assertive stance. “Congress should not authorize billions in new borrowing without offsetting expenditures in other areas. If a family maxes out its credit cards and faces the need for new spending, it is forced to prioritize by reducing its spending in other areas. Here, Congress has failed even to attempt to identify reductions in nonessential spending.”

Both lawmakers are correct in their claims that the government has gone easy on spending cuts. The deal that averted the fiscal cliff had no hard spending cuts. With another showdown over the debt ceiling that will certainly weigh on the mind of many fiscally concerned Americans.

On the other side, the rest of the Florida delegation voted in favor of the aid. Here in Florida, the hurricane capital of the world, more empathy would be expected from lawmakers that call the Sunshine State home.

As always, there is strategy involved. Could Yoho and Desantis, both Tea Party favorites examined the outcome of the vote and sandbagged their decisions? Possibly. The measure easily passed and both lawmakers began their freshman terms as fiscal hawks that won’t hesitate to bring the hammer down on any spending, regardless of the nature or urgency of the funds dispersed.

There is also the “Tag Team” angle. Are we going to see Yoho and Desantis on the same page with other legislation? We’ll see..

Yoho and Desantis voted no on Sandy aid. Conservative or cruel?

Yoho and Desantis voted no on Sandy aid. Conservative or cruel?

  1. […] has only been in D.C and has already made some votes that have got the politicos here in Florida talking. We’ll see what else the Freshman […]

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