GOP Rep King: ‘My Best Vote’ Was to Deprive Relief to Katrina Victims

September 22, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) interview with The Hill today, sparked controversy, when he said his ‘best vote’ ever cast, as a member of Congress was his no vote to deny disaster relief to thousands of victims of Hurricane Katrina. King was only one of 11 lawmakers to vote against the disaster recovery bill and it passed unanimously in the Senate.

It’s certainly puzzling that King would point to his opposition to help victims of a national catastrophe, as his proudest moment as a lawmaker.

Read the exchange between The Hill and King:

THE HILL: “What vote would you like to redo?”

KING: “I don’t really go back and re-live that sort of thing. Some of the big votes that I’ve thought about, some of the jury’s still out. And at this point, maybe I’d answer that question another way, probably the singular vote that stands out that went against the grain, and it turns out to be the best vote that I cast, was my “no” vote to the $51.5 billion to [Hurricane] Katrina. That probably was my best vote. But as far as doing something different again, I don’t know.”

The Bill HR 3673 provided “an additional $51.8 billion for relief and recovery from Hurricane Katrina.” Also voting no were fellow GOP right-wing extremists, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO).

King is known for making controversial remarks, as well as perplexing Congressional votes. On July 8, 2009, King was the only lawmaker to vote no on a House resolution acknowledging the use of slave labor in the construction of the United States Capitol.

King also said during the presidential election that terrorists “…will be dancing in the streets if he’s [Obama’s] elected president.”

Four years ago, the nation watched in horror as the city of New Orleans, Louisiana drowned from the category 3 hurricane, after the levee system failed, killing at least 1,836 people throughout the Gulf Coast, with 1,464 losing their lives in Louisiana alone.

The federal government’s efforts to help Katrina victims, was a dismal failure and the disaster became a symbol for everything that was wrong with the Bush administration.

King also said in The Hill interview, without a trace of irony, that many lawmakers vote “…on how it will affect their political power and their stay in office, as opposed to the long-term good of the country.”

Indeed, Rep. King, indeed.


One Response to “GOP Rep King: ‘My Best Vote’ Was to Deprive Relief to Katrina Victims”

  1. Michael B. Watson on September 29th, 2009 9:40 am

    I love the way ‘journalists’ add your comments to others so as to appear they made the entire statement as you wrote it “no vote to deny disaster relief to thousands of victims of Hurricane Katrina. ” King, along with Congresswoman Foxx and nine other representatives dared to take a stand against the unaccountable corruption that was sure to come from a carte blance gift of fifty one billion dollars. Did you see where that money ended up? No, and neither did most anyone else. I spoke to Congresswoman Foxx directly about her vote. There was no specific designation for the money nor any form of accountability. Without either, she could not commit taxpayers money. No one ever expected just how accurate she would be. Thank you Representatives King, Foxx and nine others for having the guts to say no. If only there were more of you perhaps someone would ask where the nearly trillion dollars of stimilus is really going.

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