Friday Lightning Round: Sandy relief bill
Panel sums up this week's hot topics
- Duration 5:51
- Date Jan 4, 2013
Panel sums up this week's hot topics
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When we have that devastating.
We were there within days.
Taking care -- Mississippi.
Alabama and especially.
Louisiana within days.
We are now past two months with people of new York and the people New Orleans in that area they were hurt but nothing in comparison to what happened to the people New England.
Senator Reid on the floor of the senate today as congress passed the nine point seven billion dollar sandy supplemental for flood insurance it's of course worth pointing out nearly.
15100 people die because of Hurricane Katrina.
About 110 died because of hurricane sandy both were.
Obviously horrible disasters.
But worth putting in perspective.
The blame game has the politics back and forth has been heated this week take a listen and -- listen back to President Obama.
And his tours of the area.
We -- not gonna tolerate red tape we're not gonna tolerate bureaucracy.
And you know I've instituted a fifteen minute rule essentially on my team you -- turner -- phone calls in fifteen minutes I promise you promised.
The -- Everything and I the most important -- beautiful.
It's been almost a month now and I've got no help and got nothing but.
No you not covered -- -- no you're not cover for that.
And that was a month ago and Donna Van Sant has.
Has said she still hasn't had help we're back at the panel a B you know we -- The politics around this everything was pointing at the house speaker and and you -- Republicans and Democrats yelling about this -- delayed.
But what about the -- that FEMA has money that's being.
Deployed up there were not deployed and how much.
This blame blame game really gets tossed around.
Well everyone likes to use emergency -- get real emotional and political.
And and the speaker made a mistake I think cannot and delaying this -- it was.
-- -- through fatigue and frustration and it was the wrong call.
And in deciding to do half of the vote today.
For nine point seven billion and keeping the 51 billion dollar vote -- on the calendar for January 15.
What we saw was a very it's 354 to 67 and it passed handily.
Expanding borrowing authority for the National Flood Insurance Program -- this kind of thing when bills are getting lard it up with last minute goodies.
And we can't afford the emergency -- relief.
Finding anyway so there is no guarantee that the next installment on the fifteenth is gonna past and you have conservatives like Paul Ryan.
Pitch against conservatives a leading fiscal hawk like -- -- selling of Texas who says the bills have to be paid.
There's a 140000.
Cases that have been completed but -- -- people are right without offsets to pay for this party keep doing it states.
Although Ryan voted no today -- on this.
Bryant against -- right -- potentially has also been outspoken for a long time on.
Removing the federal flood insurance program from the the national level and he was to totally retailers in the federal flood insurance and deal makes the argument the fact that.
It's twenty million dollars in debt the last thing we can do was afforded just rubber stamp these things.
In the aftermath of a crisis because it's the aftermath of a crisis as you say we think the problem here is that if every if you if if everything can be funded.
In an emergency emergency spending then everything becomes emergency spending in Republicans are absolutely right.
Two to put this kind of scrutiny on these on this -- in on everything that the federal government does our mind you it's the lightning round for don't have -- Sometimes the hypocrisy of that the Democrats.
Would leave die on ginnies stunned.
The Democrats spent two years savaging the President Bush over his treatment of Katrina.
And all of a sudden it's a paragon of how to deal with disasters.
And this idea that somehow the person to blame for the suffering of the people.
Today -- months after sandy who aren't getting help.
Who are stuck as we saw -- that clip with the bureaucracy which isn't helping them.
Is John Boehner because of the -- he didn't pass on January the first is preposterous and the press is this just put -- playing along that line.
I think what the -- didn't postponing the vote until -- today was absolutely right that was a ready for the treasury.
62 billion dollars including a -- -- -- The part that was essential was what to pass today which was -- to replenish the flood insurance.
-- and that's right and the rest -- to be debated in regular order.
Winners and losers down the line.
Winner obviously Obama.
Crushing victory over the Republicans.
On the fiscal cliff and -- -- person who actually is losing his life as we speak.
Is Hugo Chavez it's like hitting his revolution won't crumble once he dies and it.
I think congressman Tom Cole of Oklahoma.
And Bill Kristol of the weekly standard and Fox News who agreed with him.
Telling Republicans to get taxes off the table immediately and move on a spending cuts were both right and they're winners that's for Republicans -- -- for five weeks ago.
And I think that Vice President Biden and McConnell are winners and I think the entire Republican House are losers.
The obvious winners President Obama he'd been campaigning for higher tax on wealthy got higher tax on the wealthy.
And I think the obvious losers any child born in America today is coming into the country.
With 50000 dollars plus in debt that -- welcome to the world.