Once again Sen. Marco Rubio is playing politics at the expense of disaster victims.
In December of last year he voted no on a $60.4 billion appropriations bill for Sandy relief, complaining that it was "full of pork."
Yesterday, he had the chance to do the right thing again, and once again he said no to $50.5 billion in aid to Hurricane Sandy victims.
When it comes to helping out in a disaster, Rubio picks and chooses who deserves aid and who doesn't.
In March of 2012, Rubio sided with the oil companies when he voted against the Restore Act, the post BP Gulf restoration bill. His excuse then was similar. He said at the time "I will not support raising taxes to pay for BP’s mess or to pay for new spending projects across the country that have nothing to do with Gulf Coast restoration." He also claimed it was a "federal power grab." Translation: Claim outrage over something to create a distraction while giving a pass to to BP. After all, the real victims aren't big donors like the oil and gas companies are.
Rubio also didn't have a problem when he asked for help for agriculture back in 2011 when Florida suffered a deep freeze. In a press release at the time, he said this:
“We hope you will expedite Florida’s request for a disaster declaration so our agriculture community can begin the long road to recovery from the devastating weather conditions,” members of the delegation wrote to U.S.D.A. Secretary Tom Vilsack.
“This past December was one of the coldest in Florida’s history with consecutive days of sustained hours of temperatures below freezing. The extreme weather caused significant crop loss and damage across our state.”
“The agriculture community is vital to Florida’s economy and a disaster declaration is necessary to help this vital industry recover from December’s severe weather,” said Senator Marco Rubio.
But hurricane victims, or those that have suffered damages thanks to an oil spill? Nope. Sorry folks.
In those cases, Rubio gives the victims the deep freeze.