Remember when Tom Cotton voted against flood relief after Hurricane Sandy? | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Remember when Tom Cotton voted against flood relief after Hurricane Sandy?

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 6:14 AM

Arkansas News Bureau says the state's entire congressional delegation has signed a letter asking the White House to support Gov. Asa Hutchinson's request to declare a number of Arkansas counties to be federal disaster areas in the wake of recent flooding, thus opening the door to aid and loans.

All well and good. But we've got to add a reminder that U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, while serving as congressman for the 4th district of Arkansas in 2013, railed against federal disaster aid in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, saying at the time that he didn't "think Arkansas needs to bail out the Northeast."

Maybe a federal government that helps out needy, taxpaying people from time to time isn't such a bad thing after all.

Arkansas News Bureau:

“Arkansas is a predominantly rural state and this most recent series of disasters has exceeded the ability of our local governments to respond,” the delegation said in the letter. “The past several years have been particularly difficult for Arkansas residents due to numerous severe weather events impacting many of the same areas you recently visited last May 2014.”

The delegation said that “the assistance received as a result of several earlier federal disaster and emergency declarations has been vital, and many of the same communities are still in the recovery process from these earlier disasters. We hope that a similar response will follow this disaster.”

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