Skip to main content

natural disaster

House Republicans are continuing the tough talk on shutting down the government over fully funding disaster relief efforts. The House has a continuing resolution for government funding that includes low-ball funding for disaster relief that is offset by cuts to a green energy project. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that the Senate would send the bill back to the House with those provisions and no increase to FEMA aid.

While House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is saying "No one's intending to bring about a government shutdown. The country has sort of seen enough of that," one of his lieutenants is sounding less conciliatory.

The House GOP's chief vote-counter, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), bluntly warned Reid that if the Senate added more FEMA money or eliminated the offsetting cut to the energy program, the revised bill might not get through the House. "If Reid does what he does, I don't see the votes on the floor for it," McCarthy said. "He's holding up the ability of individuals to get their relief."

House Democrats are pointing out that the paltry funding the Republicans are willing to provide comes at the cost of manufacturing jobs, and that with the inadequate funding for FEMA and the counter-productive offset, the necessary Democratic votes to get the GOP bill passed might not be there.

The funding is partially offset by a $1.5 billion cut to a Department of Energy loan program for manufacturers of fuel-efficient cars.[...]

"We believe the Republicans' $1.5 billion cut in the advance manufacturing technology initiative is counterproductive to growth in jobs and to growth in the economy. We think they’re making a mistake," Hoyer told reporters in his weekly briefing. "I think Democrats will be loath to support that effort. We think it's counterproductive."[...]

Separately, 77 House Democrats signed a letter to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) urging him to abandon the cuts to the loan program. They noted that the initiative was first signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2007 and said the cuts could cost up to 10,000 jobs.

The Senate passed a $6.9 billion standalone FEMA funding bill, without offsets, last week. Senate Republicans don't seem too comfortable with their House compatriots' brinksmanship, and Senate Majority Leader is threatening to keep the Senate in all week next week. He's also putting pressure on 10 Senate Republicans from states hit by natural disasters to break with House Republicans. One of those Senators, Roy Blunt (R-MO) might just make that break, saying, "I need some kind of commitment [from House Republicans] that we're going to meet these needs."

This is not solid ground for House Republicans, if Democrats can continue to keep the focus on the need for disaster relief and jobs Republicans are willing to sacrifice. The Republican position isn't popular with the public, and a shutdown over this could turn very sour for Republicans very fast.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 08:54 AM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, Progressive Hippie, and Daily Kos.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site