Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) issued the following statement today in response to questions about his Hurricane Sandy aid vote:
"I have great compassion for the victims of the Sandy disaster, which is why I voted "yes' on the first $9.7 billion bill that passed earlier this month.
"Congress should make at least some effort to pay for a portion of disaster relief. I voted for federal aid for Nashville flood recovery in 2010, and that bill was partially paid for. So were the Hurricane Katrina bills I supported. And Hurricane Rita, and Hurricane Wilma, and Hurricane Ivan, and Hurricane Isabel. Why can't we find even partial offsets for Sandy?
"Yesterday's votes came during a national budget crisis while America is officially out of money."
Cooper also recommends reading today's Washington Post editorial, which states, "Americans have all sorts of reasons to be shocked" by this bill, including that "lawmakers still haven't reformed the slapdash way Congress deals with disasters."