54 Senators Vote to Waste $1 Billion

FEMA’s disaster fund may go broke!  It’s a scary headline…and it was completely false.  Yesterday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced it has enough money for this fiscal year, which ends Friday.  In non-Washington speak, it means the agency does not need the $1 billion in emergency funding many thought it would.  Nonetheless, at 6:30 yesterday evening, hours after that announcement, 54 United States Senators voted to handout that money.

Heritage Action opposed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) amendment, which would have given FEMA $1 billion it did not need, without any accompanying spending cuts.  Fortunately, the measure failed, but not with a lot of grandstanding, hyperbole and hateful rhetoric.  Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) even managed to squeeze in Senator Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) preferred talking point when she called offsets a “ridiculous extreme.”

This is why conservatives must continue to fight, at every turn.  The moment we turn a blind eye toward the process, the Washington Establishment will try to waste your money.  Heritage Action will keep you up to date, at every turn, on the spending battles in Washington.

Below is a list of Senators who wanted to add $1 billion to our debt by giving FEMA money it did not need:

Daniel Akaka (D-HI)

Max Baucus (D-MT)

Mark Begich (D-AK)

Michael Bennet (D-CO)

Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)

Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)

Barbara Boxer (D-CA)

Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

Scott Brown (R-MA)

Ben Cardin (D-MD)

Tom Carper (D-DE)

Robert Casey (D-PA)

Susan Collins (R-ME)

Kent Conrad (D-ND)

Chris Coons (D-DE)

Dick Durbin (D-IL)

Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

Al Franken (D-MN)

Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

Kay Hagan (D-NC)

Tom Harkin (D-IA)

Dan Inouye (D-HI)

Tim Johnson (D-SD)

John Kerry (D-MA)

Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

Herb Kohl (D-WI)

Mary Landrieu (D-LA)

Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)

Patrick Leahy (D-VT)

Carl Levin (D-MI)

Joe Lieberman (ID-CT)

Joe Manchin (D-WV)

Claire McCaskill (D-MO)

Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

Jeff Merkley (D-OR)

Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)

Patty Murray (D-WA)

Bill Nelson (D-FL)

Ben Nelson (D-NE)

Mark Pryor (D-AR)

Jack Reed (D-RI)

Harry Reid (D-NV)

Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)

Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

Charles Schumer (D-NY)

Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

Olymipia Snowe (R-ME)

Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

Jon Tester (D-MT)

Mark Udall (D-CO)

Tom Udall (D-NM)

Mark Warner (D-VA)

Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

Ron Wyden (D-OR)



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79 thoughts on “54 Senators Vote to Waste $1 Billion

  1. Really. All these democrats decided to blindly vote to spend money that we don’t have for something we didn’t need. I can see why they see the republicans as the party of NO. With democrats following the “pied piper” in the white house, they no longer have a mind of their own and like little children, need to be told no. Too bad we can’t slap their hands too. Oh yes. We can at the polls.

    • And three RINOs, Snowe, Collins, the Maine problems and Brown of Mass.
      Snowe and Brown are up for re-election next year. Can Maine and Mass put up viable CONSERVATIVE (FISCAL) that can defeat these FOOLS? I pray so!

  2. My senators from Colorado were two of the idiots who voted for this fiscally irresponsible bill.
    When will it end with these incompetent jackasses. They wonder why their poll numbers are in the sewer. Every voter in this country should vote against these tax and spend morons in the democratic party. Rinos Susan Collins and Scott Brown also need to go.

    • Of course my two Senators from Hawaii are on the list. Sen. Inouye bragged that he was #1 in pork getting. I’m more than just Inouye(d) with this confirmed Socialist.

    • Jim,
      I totally in agreement about 2 blind sheep who will follow Obama off the cliff. Fortunately, we have Doug Lamborn who did not vote for the ” give-away”. I was in business, and I know that some ” amangers” would spend everything so that they could get more the next year.
      This is the period when we need to stop this Lemming approach to Governing. Let the chips fall on the Congress Representatives who have not and will not get the message.

  3. Sir, why is USA tax money sent 2 muslim nations????? I think UySA tax money is a total waste going 2 muslim nations 4 any reason…USA President said he was going 2 send $ USA tax dollars 2 muslim nations 4 jobs, did uuu try 2 stop this action of USA tax dollars????

  4. Of course Bennet and Udall from Colorado voted for this! They are in the bag with Obama, he mentioned them by name today in his “speech” in Denver, “Mark and uh uh uh Michael are with me on this jobs bill”. I wish we had the opportunity to vote for or against Bennet instead of having him APPOINTED! That makes anything the Colorado House Reps do voted down in the Senate, what a waste.

  5. All the Rinos that voted for this Bill, have to be replaced as soon as they come up for re-election, I will never understand why, these People that call themselves Americans can continue to do their part in destroying the United States, the New World Order can never replace what we have, but , with the rinos help, we are losing the Battle.and like the Titanic, it has no reverse.

  6. I only have one conservative representative and the two senators are both progressives. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and Udall is a self proclaimed communist what a bunch of goofs. I send weekly emails and call their offices and get little to know response and if get one it is favorable to these spending bills except Steve Peirce.
    This has to change and I am doing my best with some of my Tea Party and Patriot friends are doing what we can to let the people know what is happening with their money and freedoms.

    • This is exactly the right attitude. It can be infuriating to feel like you’re talking to an office that doesn’t care, but giving up only empowers those big-government politicians to keep spending. Keep up the great work.

  7. What a “strange” list. Every Democratic Senator, plus three Republicans – the two “Republican” Senators from Maine (Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe) (how do you spell RINO?) and, shockingly, the Freshman Republican Senator from Massachusetts (who “stole” the traditional Democratic Kennedy seat). Collins and Snowe are not a surprise, but I’m amazed how fast the Mafia got to Brown! The must have drugged him in his sleep.

  8. I’m sick and getting sicker by the day because these BASTARDS are killing America. What we need is another wonderful REVOLUTION!

  9. And the usual D for drones voting against their party. I pray to God these three nincompoops are being ‘primaried’. Scott Brown has GOT to go, along with the Bobbsey Twins from Maine.

    These wolf in sheeps clothing must go. Enough with the Moderates. Have we learned our lesson with McCain, Graham, Colin Powell, et al? Oy vey!

  10. Typical California Democrats giving away money that we don’t have just because Harry “the Hit man” Reid is a Democrat too!! They all need to go away!!!

  11. The reason they wanted to give the billion before the end of the fiscal year, is because that would raise FEMA’s basline budget numbers for the new fiscal year.

  12. In Florida we have Senator Bill “A-Hole” Nelson that delights in finding ways to worsen our country’s economy. When he went up in space, they should have left them there. What a waste of human skin and negative carbon footprint!

  13. The only reason they wanted to add the billion before the end of the fiscal year, is this amount would be added the the baseline budget numbers for FEMA.

  14. My Senator is from Washington State, and was one of those who didn’t check into the matter enough as well and the others that like wasting our money. They seem to me like the group believes in follow me I’m lost all of the time. And doing as Monkey see Monkey do. I wonder if someone was to ask these senators, if I was to jump off a bridge if they would to? I know I’m dreaming to much on that.

  15. Fire ’em, they work for you, fire ’em if they don’t do what the majority wants… and if that is what the majority wants…. to spend money we don’t have… then you got your marchin orders… wake up the majority now… before it is way too late… and it is getting too close to too late already.

  16. I hope the people up in Maine take note (again) that the two RINO’s =Sue Collins and Olympia Snowe have a voting record of supporting Obama and the Democrats. I used to live up north and I know these two – they didn’t used to be RINO’s but Coliins follows Snowe’ lead consistently. They need a major Republican chage in Maine. Here in Pennsylvania, The Double-talkng Democrat, Robert Casey is coming up for re-election 2012. He is a big Rubber (Obama) Stamp and needs to be replaced. He is already starting to campaign saying he’s for the middle class. What about the poor and everyone else? He acknowledges that he received your email, but never answers anything and when he does, it is a bunch of double talk that says nothing of substance. I hope alot of PA people read this.

  17. I expected to see both of our liberal Senators on the list. Patty Murray made it. Maria Cantwell must have been absent. I question whether we need to have such a high emergency relief responsibility at the taxpayer’s expense, especially when we have to make such severe spending cuts across the board.

    • Paul – there were 11 Senators not voting…

      Burr (R-NC)
      Cantwell (D-WA)
      Chambliss (R-GA)
      Coburn (R-OK)
      Cornyn (R-TX)
      DeMint (R-SC)
      Hutchison (R-TX)
      Kirk (R-IL)
      Moran (R-KS)
      Murkowski (R-AK)
      Webb (D-VA)

  18. hey tea party and everyone else it time to clean house and get the democrates dressed in republican cloths out of office. We need to get rid of brown, collins, and snowe. They all ran and elected as republicans however act and perform as democrats. I would rather see a real person who says i am a democrate and vote as a democrate than these three wolves. It is time for them to go even if it means these seats will be democratic at least we would know who they are.

  19. This is about as careless a a bartender giving a drunk one for the road. By no means am I a smart person, but if you found a billion dollars would you not pay of the trillions you owe.

  20. With our government running on barrowed money, which means Addtional Revenues will be Required to Pay for Any More Spending at this point!
    Why is the Senate Passing Increases in Spending when The Constitution Clearly States in Article 1, Section-7 That; “All Bills for {Raising Revenues{ Shall {Originate} In the {House of Representatives}; but The Senate may propose or concur with Amendments s on other Bills.”

  21. Please keep up your good work.Exposure is the only way our system will make these intelligent humans realize the voters are now linked together. THANKS Heritage.

  22. The problem we have is that plenty of people that vote today only vote for who their told to and they might get a fifty for doing so, as some have problems with the person their looking to vote for AND SOME HAVE no ID and might lend it out for a price, voting places need to get tough..But sure was glad to see the RUP hold on voting.. Frank TX

  23. I really can’t believe how things run in the Senate. Few of them even read what they are voting on. I can see why the country is in trouble. If we keep this up we will indeed squander all the wealth that this country has amassed in the 230 plus years now.

  24. these democrats are just as illegal as the illegal muslim they call their president.
    they purposely put in a illegal and are currently trying to delete the constitution.
    just like saying we are short on money, it is all a bunch of bull. why are we still supporting and sending all this money overseas.???? why are paying illegal mexicans $2700 a month
    housing and vehicles to these illegals.??? it is all a joke, the illegal muslim obama mission
    along with the democrats and republicans is to destroy this country and run it under socialism. what a joke!!! now do you wonder why no one has assasinated the illegal muslim obama?>?? the whole damn administration is in on it. when the country is in
    a fix the speaker of the house BONER is out golfing with the illegal planning their next move. i think it is time for all states to illiminate washington and put it under.

  25. for those of you who are not aware of the political realities in Mass., I’ll give you an update.The last conservative Republican elected to a national office was Henry Cabot Lodge. Such as it is, be thankful for Scott Brown.

    • At least with Kennedy I knew what I was getting. Scott Brown is no gift to Republicans. We certainly will never elect a conservative for anything in Ma., but phonies bother me. I have no use for Scott Brown and will not vote for him again.

  26. Maybe these Congresspersons don’t realize that us Americans are going to run out of money. They think our money is theirs to spend as they wish. Pretty soon there will be no mo money. They will be the only rich people in the country and they will have to support us. Then justice will be served.

    • Hopefully you will email, fax, write and/or phone your reps office to let him know how upset you are, and ask all your family and friends to do the same.

      I plan to do that and ask all CA Tea Party members to do the same with Boxer and Fienstein from CA.

      Don’t think liberals read or agree with Heritage’s news letters or commentors.
      Inundate and crash their systems with phone calls, emails and faxes.

  27. They knew that the money was there, & now where are they going to spend it, & when are people going to raise their voices enough enough spending tax payers hard earned money that AMERICAN people worked hard for to make a living.

  28. So, once again we see Olympia Snowe, Scott Brown, and Susan Collins for the RHINOs they are! My Senator Casey from PA has to go. I think we have a good candidate in David Christian who could bowl him over. Keep your fingers crossed.

  29. Did you NOT read about the 500,00 coffins (fits 3 adults each) FEMA bought and placed around different cities in our country.
    Did you NOT read about the (420)million of MRE’s that FEMA ordered recently.
    Do you not read WND, watch Glenn Beck, watch Perry Stone?

  30. It comes as zero surprise that the two jackasses misrepresenting my state (MT) voted for more waste, and even LESS of a surprise that the northeast-liberal RINO’s snowe, collins and brown did the same.

    Is it 2012 yet?

  31. I am sick to my stomach that I live in Connecticut, surrounded by lib’s who are so blind as to keep sending one Dem after another to Washington. Isn’t it the very definition of insanity, to keep doing the same thing expecting different results? Please, Dear God, let these poor saps open their eyes to what is happening to our beloved country at the hands of these traitors. Let 2012 come quickly!!!

  32. Let us all look for public rallies and townhall meetings, speaking out as bravely as you have done here. The remarks will influence the politicians and many other citizens.

  33. Stabenow has been in the Union pockets here in Michigan right along. Now she’s trying to give money to a group that say they don’t need it. They had enough, or rather found enough to finish out the year. Then they work on next years budget. Because they had higher costs this year due to nature is no reason to expect higher costs next year. If they come up short at or near the end of the year they can ask for more, at least that’s the way it’s normally done..

  34. Thank you for this list. Loser MD Senators Mikulski & Cardin just received some e-mails from me and later today will receive a phone call. I can’t take this anymore. I love this service Heritage is providing. I plan on keeping a record of what Mikulski & Cardin do and maybe – somehow – I can influence voters in my state. Who knows?

    • join a Tea Party and bring all your conservative friends with you, plan a rally in front of your Congress persons office w/signs, flags etc, advice the local media for coverage.
      Tell them to “Shape Up or Ship Out – Nov 2012

  35. FL’s idiot Sen. Nelson(D) voted for this garbage, but Thank God, we have Sen. Rubio(R) to cancel out his vote. Floridians, we must get rid of this liberal Senator Nelson this year and get another strong senator like Rubio. Nelson is for illegals and will vote with Obama against what the people of FL want, it is time to for him to go!

  36. Thanks: I’ve asked for an accounting from a senator and representative of mine of who voted for what on several occasions. This is the first list that I have seen that has done so. . A list of who voted certainly tells a much better tale than simple finger pointing or “he said , she said ” accusations without data. Such lists can certainly help voters make more informed decisions on what our congress is doing (in both houses)

    This looks like a political pary l;ine vote as opposed to a responsible vote to take control of the budget and reduce our national depth.. Thanks. This confirms my feeling that the liberal democrats are “hell bent” on driving us deeper into debt regardless of consequences.
    Gene Armes
    Spring Hill Florida

  37. These are the ones you have to remove from office. They all belong to the socialist Party of America.


    Hon. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07)
    Hon. Lynn Woolsey (CA-06)

    Vice Chairs

    Hon. Diane Watson (CA-33)
    Hon. Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18)
    Hon. Mazie Hirono (HI-02)
    Hon. Dennis Kucinich (OH-10)

    Senate Members

    Hon. Bernie Sanders (VT)

    House Members

    Hon. Neil Abercrombie (HI-01)

    Hon. Tammy Baldwin (WI-02)

    Hon. Xavier Becerra (CA-31)

    Hon. Madeleine Bordallo (GU-AL)

    Hon. Robert Brady (PA-01)

    Hon. Corrine Brown (FL-03)

    Hon. Michael Capuano (MA-08)

    Hon. André Carson (IN-07)

    Hon. Donna Christensen (VI-AL)

    Hon. Yvette Clarke (NY-11)

    Hon. William “Lacy” Clay (MO-01)

    Hon. Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05)

    Hon. Steve Cohen (TN-09)

    Hon. John Conyers (MI-14)

    Hon. Elijah Cummings (MD-07)

    Hon. Danny Davis (IL-07)

    Hon. Peter DeFazio (OR-04)

    Hon. Rosa DeLauro (CT-03)

    Rep. Donna F. Edwards (MD-04)

    Hon. Keith Ellison (MN-05)

    Hon. Sam Farr (CA-17)

    Hon. Chaka Fattah (PA-02)

    Hon. Bob Filner (CA-51)

    Hon. Barney Frank (MA-04)

    Hon. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11)

    Hon. Alan Grayson (FL-08)

    Hon. Luis Gutierrez (IL-04)

    Hon. John Hall (NY-19)

    Hon. Phil Hare (IL-17)

    Hon. Maurice Hinchey (NY-22)

    Hon. Michael Honda (CA-15)

    Hon. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL-02)

    Hon. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)

    Hon. Hank Johnson (GA-04)

    Hon. Marcy Kaptur (OH-09)

    Hon. Carolyn Kilpatrick (MI-13)

    Hon. Barbara Lee (CA-09)

    Hon. John Lewis (GA-05)

    Hon. David Loebsack (IA-02)

    Hon. Ben R. Lujan (NM-3)

    Hon. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14)

    Hon. Ed Markey (MA-07)

    Hon. Jim McDermott (WA-07)

    Hon. James McGovern (MA-03)

    Hon. George Miller (CA-07)

    Hon. Gwen Moore (WI-04)

    Hon. Jerrold Nadler (NY-08)

    Hon. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (DC-AL)

    Hon. John Olver (MA-01)

    Hon. Ed Pastor (AZ-04)

    Hon. Donald Payne (NJ-10)

    Hon. Chellie Pingree (ME-01)

    Hon. Charles Rangel (NY-15)

    Hon. Laura Richardson (CA-37)

    Hon. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34)

    Hon. Bobby Rush (IL-01)

    Hon. Linda Sánchez (CA-47)

    Hon. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09)

    Hon. José Serrano (NY-16)

    Hon. Louise Slaughter (NY-28)

    Hon. Pete Stark (CA-13)

    Hon. Bennie Thompson (MS-02)

    Hon. John Tierney (MA-06)

    Hon. Nydia Velazquez (NY-12)

    Hon. Maxine Waters (CA-35)

    Hon. Mel Watt (NC-12)

    Hon. Henry Waxman (CA-30)

    Hon. Peter Welch (VT-AL)

    Hon. Robert Wexler (FL-19)

  38. This stupidity will never end until we get Term Limits for all of them! And, take away their cushy retirement, healthcare, etc, and put them all on Social Security with the rest of us!

    • Take away their ability to set their own salary. Put them in the GS Schedule at the top grade with the same benefits as all government employees including retirement. Set the POTUS and his cabinet also a GS Grades with the same benefits as all bureaucrats. If they do not want to operate under these restrictions to hell with them. Let them go to work in private industry or starve. Who cares, elected employees are still leeches on society.

  39. Ahhh, there’s Feinstein and Boxer doing their leftist bestest! What’s the definition of doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result? California!

  40. This is my comment publish it or not, but this is all of of plan to bankrupt America for an easier take over. I get so mad at all this stupid crap that is about what our country polititions are doing with our money, if there is someone out there that can boot all these crooks out of office please tell me how right now so we can take this country back before they have everything and Heritage Action you are doing the same thing asking for DONATION for what your pocket?? I shut the news off from my TV I dont care what happens now if I dont like what happens to this country when it is all said and done I will find a way to be gone too.

  41. That is what I have been saying for the last 2 or 3 months. Of course I know Inouye does not read anything I write. I think Obama’s new on-line spot on the internet, Obama attack. Someone from the left wing spin will see it. They are going down and they know it. They are shaking in their boots, they are addicted to spending. Now the country knows their weakness, their going to get cut off. I am laughing, they deserve what they get. People don’t believe them anymore, and Obama’s mask is wearing thin.

  42. I live in an area upstate NY that was nearly wiped off the map by Irene and the “K” storm. We are being told that the$5000 that you need is being cut to 1500 so that everyone will get something in the way of flood relief.. Do NOT get me wrong I hate FEMA and all the rest of the alphabet soup in DC. But “we the people” thru FEMA gave away Truckloads of money to already dead for years before the storm victims of Katrina and other such fraud. They need the money, not for us the victims, they need it for the $100,000/yr entry level salary of the agents who have done considerable damage after the flood busting in 150yr old hand-carved doors, graffiti on the outside, over estimating damage etc homes with any water were written off as destroyed even if only 1/2 inch of water was in a house.
    End all FED interference in local govt NOW END all FED interference in schools, no more bailouts of too big to fail my ass banks. Fire the bunch take away their retirement golden packages it goes on and on.
    maybe once we totally collapse near about 2015 to 2020 after we pick up the peices we can have limited govt as Thomas J and George W wanted

  43. The only way the People in the Congress and Senate are going to get the message from the American People is when they votr them out of Office and elect Good Men and Women that believe in America and will work for the Americans that vote them into Office. These are people who will not give into the Special Interest and other Groups that are trying to destroy this Country. Too many times our elected representatives tell the American People what they want to hear to get electrd and then when they get to Washington they fall in line with all the others. When are we going to get some honest people elected that will work for America and the American People? We have too many elected Representatives who want to make a career out of destroying this Nation. Its time for them to go and I PRAY it will happen November 2012. Ronald Reagan said it well: “IF WE EVER FORGET THAT WE ARE ONE NATION UNDER GOD, THEN WE WILL BE A NATION GONE UNGER” This is a CHRISTIAN NATION and will always be a CHRISTIAN NATION. This NATION was founded on Christian values and principles and we need to get back to that or we will nn longer be a GREAT NATION. God will no longer Bless this NATION as he has in the past.

  44. I suggest a new requirement for ANY spending which Congress votes to enact in excess of tax receipts(i.e. deficit spending): The entire amount of the yearly deficit shall be divided pro rata among all government employees and their package of pay and benefits including retirement funds shall be reduced by that same amount. If our elected officials and public servants believe strongly enough in a spending bill to sacrifice their own pay and benefits in order to pass it into law, it just might possibly be something we really need.

  45. I knew b4 I checked that Kay Hagan had voted in favor of this bill. I don’t think she likes her job too well. If she does, she’s having one heck of a way of showing it- like spitting in all true Americans’ faces. At least, my buddie, Sen. Richard Burr did NOT vote in favor of it.

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