Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Junior Senator John Cornyn FAILS on Katrina Policy

Hurricane Katrina left 1,800 dead in five states two years ago today, and the rebuilding both emotionally and structurally has been trudging along ever since. A lot of people still ask why it's taking so long, why there's still FEMA trailers in people's yards, and where the money all went. On this second anniversary of this horrible incident, it's time to take a look into this issue.
Photos from ABC News.


We all know that Rick Noriega stepped up and led the Katrina Task Force at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Let's take a look at how our Junior Senator, John Cornyn has helped: He's voted against aid for Hurricane Katrina victims 10 times!
(h/t to StopCornyn)

CORNYN’S PART OF PROBLEM ON KATRINA FACT SHEET

Against Tax Benefits for Hurricane Areas
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On Nov. 17, 2005, the Senate REJECTED (44-55) the Conrad amendment (#2,602) to S 2020, which provided tax benefits for areas affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. (Roll Call 330, 2005)
John Cornyn: NAY

Against Ind. Commission to Examine Katrina Response
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On Sep. 14, 2005, the Senate FAILED (44-54) to suspend the rules and establish a commission to examine the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina. (Roll Call 229, 2005)
John Cornyn: NAY

Against Exmaning Hurricane Repsonse in 2006
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On Feb. 2, 2006, the Senate FAILED (44-53) to waive points of order on the Clinton amendment (#2,716) to HR 4297, which established a congressional commission to examine the Federal, State, and local response to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Region of the United States especially in the States of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and other areas impacted in the aftermath and make immediate corrective measures to improve such responses in the future. (Roll Call 6, 2006)
John Cornyn: NAY

Against Financial Relief for Katrina Victims
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On Sep. 15, 2005, the Senate FAILED (43-52) to suspend the rules on the Lieberman amendment (#1,678) to HR 2862, which provided financial relief for individuals and entities affected by Hurricane Katrina. (Roll Call 234, 2005)
John Cornyn: NAY

Against $2.1 Billion for Katrina-COPS
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On Sep. 13, 2005, the Senate REJECTED (41-56) the Biden amendment (41-56) to HR 2862, which provided $2.1 billion to COPS programs in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. (Roll Call 226, 2005)
John Cornyn: NAY

Against Vouchers for Katrina Victims
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On Nov. 3, 2005, the Senate FAILED (31-68) to waive points of order on the Ensign amendment (#2,404) to S 1932, which provided assistance for elementary and secondary schools and students, and institutions of higher education, affected by Hurricane Katrina. (Roll Call 284, 2005)
John Cornyn: NAY
Against Building Better Levees
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On May 15, 2007, the Senate FAILED (51-42) to pass the Kerry amendment (#1,094) to HR 1495, which required federal engineers to weigh climate change in planning water projects. (Roll Call 166, 2007)
John Cornyn: NAY

Against Investigating Iraq, Katrina Profiteering
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On Oct. 19, 2005, the Senate FAILED (44-54) to suspend the rules on the Dorgan amendment (#2,078) to HR 3058, which established a committee to investigate Iraq and Katrina contracts. (Roll Call 259, 2005)
John Cornyn: NAY

Against $20 Million for Katrina Volunteers
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On May 4, 2006, the Senate REJECTED (39-59) the Thune amendment (#3,704) to HR 4939, which provided $20 million for the Department of Veterans Affairs for Medical Facilities. (Roll Call 111, 2006)

Thune would offset the increase by eliminating funds for AmeriCorps to support Katrina relief volunteers, calling the agency “mismanaged” and noting it has already received almost $900 million this fiscal year. Cochran led the opposition, arguing the AmeriCorps volunteers in his state of Mississippi have helped to clothe, feed and house more than 1 million people. (National Journal’s CongressDaily, May 4, 2006)
John Cornyn: AYE

Against Tax Benefits for Hurricane Areas
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On Nov. 17, 2005, the Senate REJECTED (44-55) the Conrad amendment (#2,602) to S 2020, which provided tax benefits for areas affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. (Roll Call 330, 2005)
John Cornyn: NAY

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Need to fix the linkage.

Gotta give kudos to the Watts campaign for getting out the info on the Cornyn's votes...

NoriegaBlog said...

Read the full press release from the Watts campaign: http://action.wattsforsenate.com/page/-/documents/releases/082907Katrina.pdf

Taryn said...

Good for people to know.