On Sandy Relief Aid, Kansas House Delegation Votes Unanimously Against

Intramural Republican politics in Kansas could be behind the decision of the state’s entire House delegation to vote against Hurricane Sandy relief Friday, making it the only delegation to do so. Kansas’ four House members joined 63 other Republicans in voting against $9.7 billion in additional funds for the federal flood insurance program, the first part of a $60 billion relief package for residents of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut impacted by the late October super storm. The rise in power of conservative Republicans in the state is being mentioned by some as a potential cause of the state’s decision to vote against the package. Kansas’ two Republican senators voted for the relief. Burdett Loomis, a political science professor at the University of Kansas, said that the conservative dominance is a likely reason behind the votes of at least two of the members — Republican Reps. Lynn Jenkins and Rep. Kevin Yoder — who have been the more moderate half of the state’s House delegation. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R) has said he voted against the measure due to what he saw as there not being offsets for the $60 billion in spending, while Loomis believes that Rep. Mike Pompeo (R) voted no for similar fiscal reasons. Read More…
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