Louisiana Voters Just Can't Trust McCain's Double-Talk, Says Democratic National Committee

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ahead of tomorrow's electoral contest in Louisiana, John McCain recently said that "one of the adverse effects of the government's botched early response to Hurricane Katrina...is that Americans are more...


WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ahead of tomorrow's electoral contest in Louisiana, John McCain recently said that "one of the adverse effects of the government's botched early response to Hurricane Katrina...is that Americans are more skeptical about their government's ability to accomplish its goals, whether winning in Iraq or dealing with terrorism." [The Times Picayune, 2/8/08] Yet it is exactly the same John McCain, the real John McCain, who voted against increased funds for FEMA, who voted against making FEMA an independent agency, who opposed a national catastrophe fund saying that people who "build homes where hurricanes hit...have to assume a great part of that liability," who voted against appropriating billions of dollars on Katrina recovery efforts, and who even voted against establishing a commission to investigate the botched response to Katrina and make immediate corrective measures. And when it comes to the state's agriculture, McCain has voted repeatedly against Louisiana sugar farmers throughout the years.

"John McCain is just another Bush Republican who when given the chance to help families whose lives were devastated by Hurricane Katrina, turned his back," said Democratic National Committee spokesman Luis Miranda . "It's clear that a McCain presidency would just be a third Bush term and Louisiana voters know they can do better than that."

FEMA

2006: McCain Voted Against Increased Funds for FEMA. McCain voted against the Schumer motion to waive the fiscal 2006 budget resolution with respect to the Gregg point of order against the emergency designation of the Schumer amendment (No. 4600). The Schumer amendment would provide an additional $301.4 million for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster relief fund. [H.R. 5441, S.V. 199, 7/13/06, failed 46-54]

2006: McCain Voted Against Making FEMA an Independent Agency. McCain voted against the Clinton amendment (No. 4563) that would remove the Federal Emergency Management Agency from the Department of Homeland Security and establish it as an independent, Cabinet-level agency. It would require the agency's head to have significant expertise in the area of emergency preparedness and response. [H.R. 5441, S.V. 193, 7/11/06, failed 32-66]

KATRINA/RITA RELIEF

2006: McCain Voted Against Appropriating $109 Billion, Including $74 Billion for Iraq , $28 Billion for Hurricane Relief. In 2006, McCain voted against appropriating roughly $109 billion in emergency supplemental funding for fiscal 2006. It would provide $72.4 billion in fiscal 2006 funds for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and foreign aid, not counting an almost 3 percent across-the-board cut to defense funds in the bill. It would provide more than $28 billion for hurricane relief, approximately $2.3 billion for pandemic flu preparations and $1.9 billion for border security efforts. President Bush has threatened to veto any spending bill that exceeded $95 billion, which the Senate bill does by $14 billion. 35 senators, including George Allen , signed a letter promising to sustain that veto. [HR 4939, Vote 112, 5/4/06, Passed 78-20, D 43-0; R 34-20; I 1-0]

2006: McCain Voted Against Establishing a Commission to Study the Response to Hurricane Katrina. McCain voted against a Clinton, D-N.Y., motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to the Collins, R-Maine, point of order against the Clinton amendment to the Grassley, R-Iowa, substitute amendment. The Clinton amendment established a commission to investigate the response to Hurricane Katrina, including the federal government's role and the impact of the disaster. The substitute would extend a series of tax cuts set to expire between 2005 and 2010, including the research and development tax credit, the state and local sales tax deduction in states without income taxes and the welfare-to-work credit, by two years. It also would extend through 2006 protections for middle-class taxpayers from alternative-minimum tax liability exemptions and include a new tax deduction for charitable giving by taxpayers who do not itemize. [Vote 6, HR 4297, 2/2/2006, Motion rejected 44-53: R 0-53; D 43-0 (ND 39-0, SD 4-0); I 1-0]

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