Why did our congressman vote against Hurricane Michael aid?
By STEVE CONTORNO
TAMPA BAY TIMES
Two hundred and thirty-seven days after Hurricane Michael breached the Florida Panhandle, Congress finally passed a disaster aid package that will bring much-needed relief to victims of the storm.
The House of Representatives on Monday overwhelmingly approved a $19.1 billion disaster supplement that will bring aid to Floridians and other communities rocked by catastrophes of the past year, such as the California wildfires, other storms that hit the Carolinas, wildfires in California, and recent flooding in the Midwest. It also includes some additional aid for Puerto Rico, despite President Donald Trump’s loud criticism of the island territory and attempts to block more federal help. The bill already passed the Senate and heads to the president after Monday’s 354 to 58 vote. Trump indicated he will sign it.
Of the 58 Republicans who voted against the measure, two hailed from Florida: Reps. Francis Rooney of Naples and Greg Steube of Sarasota. Every other member of the state’s delegation voted for it (except Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami Gardens, who was absent).
“If I was in their district, I’d vote them