Don't Republicans take disaster relief hostage
Last year, Republicans insisted that any increase in disaster aid spending should come from a radical 40% cut to funds for equipping and training first responders. Republicans nearly forced a government shutdown over disaster aid funding, and ultimately succeeded in making massive cuts to the program. They passed a $2.65 billion bill for the disaster relief fund when the average need for the average year is $12 billion.
Now, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Republicans are poised to continue their opposition to disaster relief funding. The conservative advocacy group Club for Growth is urging Republican Senators to vote "No" and has issued a threat to Republican Senators that this vote will be included in the organizations 2013 congressional report used to inform conservative voters.
Please send an email telling your senators that federal disaster funding should not be held hostage to force funding cuts elsewhere:
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