NY Rep to Okla. Senator: I'll Overlook Your Hypocrisy
Inhofe opposed Sandy aid but wants tornado aid
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2013 11:39 AM CDT
Rep. Peter King, R-NY, asks a question of a witness during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 9, 2013.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – You knew this was coming: Peter King, who fought hard for Superstorm Sandy aid for his home state of New York, thinks there's "a lot of hypocrisy" when it comes to lawmakers who opposed Sandy aid but are in favor of tornado aid. The subject of his attention most specifically seems to be Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe. King's take is that Inhofe essentially said "Sandy aid was corrupt but Oklahoma won't be" yesterday on MSNBC. King is peeved, but tells Politico he'll overlook the perceived dig because "I don't want suffering people in Oklahoma to be held hostage while we engage in political fights, saying 'I told you so.'"

As for Inhofe's statement, the New York Daily News reports that he "got his facts partly wrong" when he said that "everybody was getting in and exploiting the tragedy that took place" post-Sandy by slipping pet projects (like "putting roofs on houses in Washington, DC") into the bill. Though the initial Sandy relief bill did include money for areas that were not damaged by the storm, that was just a small portion of the bill and much of that was ultimately dropped. As for Oklahoma's other senator, King thinks aid should be given to Oklahoma without requiring offsets, as Tom Coburn called for.

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May 24, 2013 8:45 PM CDT
Why are they allowed to add anything to a specific bill? It's bribery, pure and simple. Give me this and I'll sign that. Guess we know where the mafia learned how to do business. The bill should be specific to what it was intended for. Stop this practice and maybe we won't see such frivolous waste of our tax dollars.
May 24, 2013 5:59 PM CDT
America has become a soft handout country because of the pusshies handing out the money. It has also become so corrupt because of the businesses that make sure they are the ones getting the majority of the money,. what about all the insurance that is supposed to take care of this....not only do we pay high premiums (a must buy in this country) but we get our tax money to subsadise their payouts
May 23, 2013 10:35 PM CDT
Don't usually agree with Mr. King. In this case I think he is saying the right thing. Show that other fool from Oklahoma for what he is. Don't let the good people of Oklahoma suffer because they elected two assholes