Finally, Noem bucks Trump! Unfortunately, she did it on disaster relief.
On Friday, Donald Trump signed the bill Congress passed in four days to fund disaster relief and raise the debt ceiling. Four Texas Republican Congressmen voted yesterday against the $15.25-billion relief package prompted by the massive hurricane in their home state last week.
Also voting no on Harvey relief: South Dakota’s lone Congresswoman, Kristi Noem.
Our Senators Thune and Rounds were fine with pumping $7.4 billion into FEMA, $7.4 billion into HUD, and $450 million into the Small Business Administration to deal with disasters and extending the debt limit through December 8. Rep. Noem sent Texas hurricane victims her thoughts and prayers last week, and she voted aye with 418 other House members Tuesday for the FEMA and SBA funding, but apparently she couldn’t swallow giving Ben Carson’s HUD $7.4 billion and putting another three months between us and her second government shutdown.
I haven’t seen public comment from Noem yet on her vote against disaster relief, but if she followed her naysaying Texas colleagues, we may interpret her nay as telling flooded Houstonians or soon-to-be Irma-whipped Floridians that righting their upended lives is not as important as reducing the national debt. I look forward to Rep. Noem wading through the streets of Miami to make that argument.