After voting "NO" in the previous Congress to solve the US Government Fiscal Cliff problem, Illinois Republican Congressman, Randy Hultgren, was one of only 67 members of the House of Representatives who voted against $9.7 billion in Hurricane Sandy relief funding Friday.
The measure passed unanimously through the Senate, but Hultgren was one of 67 members of the House of Representatives voted "no" to assisting people who were left powerless or homeless by a hurricane in November.
While Hultgren cited his concern for "families" in voting against tax cuts for 98% of Americans, he turned his back on the families of New Jersey devastated by the natural disaster of Hurricane Sandy.
Hurricane Sandy devastated portions of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States. Sandy was a Category-2 storm at its peak intensity, becoming the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, with winds spanning 1,100 miles. Preliminary estimates of losses due to damage and business interruption are estimated at $65.6 billion, making it the second-costliest Atlantic hurricane, behind only Hurricane Katrina.
Another congressman on the list is Paul Ryan, failed vice presidential nominee. The list also includes Mo Brooks, Ted Yoho, Ron DeSantis, Steven Palazzo and John Fleming from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi, all of which are states that received much-needed federal aid following Hurricane Katrina, the only hurricane in American history that was more costly than Sandy.
All other Illinois representatives voted for the hurricane relief measure.
While it took Congress more than two months to approve any federal aid for Sandy victims, it took just 10 days after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.