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In Republican Resistance To Hurricane Relief, A Stink Of Hypocrisy -- And Worse

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Replace Insecure http://nationalmemo.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/rockaways.jpg Provoked by opposition to Hurricane Sandy relief among House Republicans -- and the delay in voting the first tranche of aid by Speaker John Boehner -- both New Jersey governor Chris Christie and representative Peter King (R-NY) denounced the irresponsibility and cruelty of those betrayals. Even when that first bill passed, 67 Republicans voted no, in contrast with only 11 who voted no when Congress provided emergency funding for Hurricane Katrina (far more quickly, too) in 2005. Paul Ryan, the House Budget Committee chair from Wisconsin, voted for the bailout and then, while running for vice president on the GOP ticket, pretended to have opposed it. But he couldn't bring himself to vote for Sandy relief.

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