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Gayle in MD
04-03-2010, 08:49 AM
http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2010/04/02/coburn-flood-insurance/
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Northeast Hit With Devastating Floods, As Federal Flood Insurance Expires Due To GOP Obstruction
Last week, Senate Republicans, led by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), blocked an extension of unemployment benefits, claiming that they objected to granting the extension without offsetting it with a spending cut elsewhere. Last month, Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) and a handful of his Republican allies did the same thing, with Bunning telling Democrats who wanted to pass an extension by unanimous consent “tough sh*t.”

But it wasn’t only unemployment benefits that expired: the same package that the Republicans blocked also included extenders for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). And the critical nature of NFIP was brought into the spotlight this week, as many northeastern states have been battered with record amounts of rainfall, which has led to widespread flooding.

Flooding in Rhode Island was the worst it’s been in 100 years, with some rivers “several feet above all-time records.” Boston saw its wettest March since record keeping began in 1872, while “bridges and highways have washed out from Maine to Connecticut and sewage systems have been overwhelmed to the point that families were asked to stop flushing toilets.” National Guard troops have been mobilized to aid residents in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

According to the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, there are 5.5 million flood insurance policy holders in flood plains, and as of this week, homeowners were rendered unable to renew their policies. If any of those homeowners were victims of the current flooding, they will “face complications” filing claims. As Blain Rethmeier, spokesman for the American Insurance Association, put it, “it’s unfortunate that the NFIP has fallen victim to the political process”:

Ultimately the people who will suffer the most are property owners who need new coverage or who need to renew their flood insurance policies. One can only hope that Mother Nature is kind until April 12. Otherwise, there’s not much people can do.

According to Roll Call, Republicans hope to blame the expiration on Democrats when they come back from the current recess, since House Democrats objected to the spending offsets that the Senate had agreed to. But Republicans have made it clear that they fully endorse obstructing these extension packages. After all, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) said this week that “we didn’t give [Bunning] as much help as we probably should have.” “It took an act of courage like Sen. Bunning’s to perhaps jolt people,” Kyl said.
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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Last month, Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) and a handful of his Republican allies caused quite the controversy by obstructing for days an extension of unemployment benefits that were set to expire. Bunning himself said “tough sh*t” to Democrats seeking a unanimous consent agreement to extend the benefits. He was subsequently hailed as a “national hero,” by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and earned the praise of Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL). “I respect him for the courage he’s showed,” said Sessions.

When Bunning finally relented, a 30-day extension of enhanced benefits was successfully passed. But now those 30 days are coming to a close, and Republicans are “lining up” to play the same game again, and “leading the charge this time around will likely be” Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK):

Coburn said it’s “highly doubtful” he’d let Democrats quickly pass an extension this week to keep benefits going until May 5 — if the $10 billion isn’t offset with spending cuts…At a closed-door lunch Tuesday, Coburn and several other GOP senators said they’d battle the Democrats if they pile the costs of the bill onto the deficit, several attendees later said…[P]ublicly — from moderates to GOP leaders to the hard-core conservatives — Republicans told POLITICO Wednesday that they agree to fight the efforts this time.

Various senators, including Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. George LeMieux (R-FL), have hinted that they will help Coburn oppose the extension, unless an offset is found. “At some point, enough is enough,” LeMieux said.

Of course, as the National Employment Law Project’s Judy Conti explained, offsetting unemployment benefits is just bad economics. “Every economist from every side of the political spectrum will tell you that unemployment benefits are most stimulative when they are not offset,” she said. “In the history of the unemployment program, we have never off set these programs.” If the GOP was honestly concerned about finding offsets, then they should advocate paying for the extended benefits over the long-term (10 years, for instance). But instead, they favor redirecting stimulus spending, defeating the whole purpose of taking steps like these.

Obstructionism is not really surprising coming from Coburn — who is called “Dr. No” — as he has openly admitted “I love gridlock.” But the extent to which the rest of the Republican caucus has embraced procedural tricks to prevent Congress from functioning is quite appalling. For instance, this week the GOP stopped two days of hearings, including those on national security matters, just because they were upset that health care reform passed.

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http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2010/03/25/coburn-goes-bunning/


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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The negativity and hatred of America, by the GOP, is getting out of hand. If they aren’t in the news for drunk driving on the way home from the gay bar, or getting divorced while living in “C” street and acting holier than thou, then they are ACTIVELY hurting Americans with their policies and CONSTANT DISTORTIONS. Our laws and reform are so loaded with pork, for both sides, they are self canceling token legislation that has been intentionally watered down til INEFFECTIVE. Way to go gop, you brainwashed America into a race hating, WORKER hating society of rednecks hypochristians racists. WE REMEMBER WHO BANKRUPTED AMERICA: BUSH/GOP. NOT OBAMA, NOT UNIONS, NOT DEMOCRATS, BUT LYING WAR PROFITEERING REPUBLICANS.

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Some of us have powers of recall.

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LWW
04-03-2010, 09:06 AM
So ... why didn't the demokooks pass it?

LWW

pooltchr
04-03-2010, 09:21 AM
It would seem the Reps are requiring the Dems to abide by their own Pay=Go rule. But as we have seen, the Dems are capable of passing anything the want right now. It's amazing how they can claim that even when they hold a huge majority, they just can't seem to get anything done!

Steve

LWW
04-04-2010, 05:22 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: pooltchr</div><div class="ubbcode-body">It would seem the Reps are requiring the Dems to abide by their own Pay=Go rule. But as we have seen, the Dems are capable of passing anything the want right now. It's amazing how they can claim that even when they hold a huge majority, they just can't seem to get anything done!

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Obviously not enough bribes and earmarks have yet been assigned.

The proletariat can wait.

Ask people in Kentucky how long they waited for FEMA ... of course, they voted McCain sot hey got what the left thinks they deserved.

LWW

Sev
04-04-2010, 07:24 AM
Poor Dems.
They pass pay-go and then dont want to abide by their own rules.

Perhaps they should cut layoff 50% of government employee's and institute a 35% cut in both salaries and benefits for all bureaucrats.

Imagine the 100's of billions in wasted spending we could save.

LWW
04-04-2010, 08:10 AM
What is truly hilarious is that Gayle is lamenting that the republichickens are refusing to subsidize the rich who build McMansions in flood and hurricane zones because they are the party of the rich ... meanwhile the demokooks are desperate to bail out their wealthy constituents irresponsible actions as a means of proving they are the champions of the poor.

Folks ... it really doesn't get much better than this.

LWW

ugotda7
04-04-2010, 08:17 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: LWW</div><div class="ubbcode-body">What is truly hilarious is that Gayle is lamenting that the republichickens are refusing to subsidize the rich who build McMansions in flood and hurricane zones because they are the party of the rich ... meanwhile the demokooks are desperate to bail out their wealthy constituents irresponsible actions as a means of proving they are the champions of the poor.

Folks ... it really doesn't get much better than this.

LWW </div></div>


I'm wondering if she even reads much less understands all the copy and paste jobs she posts here.

LWW
04-04-2010, 09:51 AM
My guess is no ... and is evidenced by how often it directly disproves her point(s).

LWW