“It would be terribly unfair to pile politics on top of their worrie. Natural disasters just happen. They are acts of God. They happen without warning.”
Franken is one of a series of Democrats who have taken to the Senate floor so far this week to try to build momentum for the $6.9 billion disaster-relief bill that was halted by Republicans in a procedural vote Monday.
Franken, who has long been a fierce opponent of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, also took the opportunity on Tuesday to slam some Republicans, who have voted to fund the wars on credit, while demanding offsets in the budget to pay for disaster relief.
“They have been fine with funding staggering amounts of money on our wars without offsetting them,” Franken said. “Doesn’t that seem at least a little hypocritical?”
So far, out of the 33 Republicans who voted against advancing the FEMA bill on Monday, only Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has come to the floor to defend his vote, arguing that the bill was too expensive.