A tipster pointed out that Steve Daines voted agaisnt the Hurricane Harvey relief package last week. I didn’t think much of it. An alleged champion of fiscal conservatism like Daines surely doesn’t feel it is the government’s role to protect communities during natural disasters.
Daines voted no last week on legislation that bolstered FEMA’s budget as our country deals with natural disasters from Montana to Texas.
He was a one of a handful of Senators to oppose the bipartisan measure and he voted in opposition to the President.
The White House thanked Congress, saying, “The President appreciates Congress putting aside partisan politics and acting quickly to ensure that first responders, local officials, and Federal emergency management personnel have the resources they need to respond to the natural disasters impacting our Nation.”
As I look outside my window and can’t see the mountains due to smoke, I thank Congress for their cooperation too.
Thankfully, FEMA is finally starting to pony up and help Montana with these wildfires.
You know how FEMA wouldn’t have the funds to help Montana fires? If they went broke providing aid for the hurricanes. If Congress had not passed a funding measure for FEMA. If Senator Daines had got his way.
But that nugget of truth hasn’t stopped Senator Daines from taking credit in the Montana media for the money coming to Montana.
3 days after voting to allow FEMA to go broke, Senator Daines told KECI, “”With more than a million acres of our state up in flames, these additional resources to help our firefighters attack the flames is much needed. I will continue to work to ensure firefighters have all of the resources they need until this terrible fire season is over.”
To vote against funds one day, then take credit for them three days later is disingenuous hypocrisy at best and outright lying at its worst. Stand by your votes Senator, don’t pretend you didn’t take them.
Senator Daines and I have something in common: we have nothing to do with FEMA being able to help Montana fight wildfires. Only one of us is a U.S. Senator though.
Next thing you’re going to tell me Daines votes against meals on wheels funding then uses the program for a photo op. Or that Daines wants to repeal the ACA but touts funding for Community Health Centers provided by the ACA. In the wise words of former President George W. Bush, “fool me once, shame on–shame on you. Fool me–you can’t get fooled again.”