Okla. senators embrace aid after opposing Hurricane Sandy relief
On Tuesday, a day after a tornado killed at least 24 people and left thousands homeless, Inhofe vowed that Oklahomans in need would not abuse federal disaster aid, as he said had occurred in the aftermath of Sandy.
Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, who also opposed the Sandy appropriation because it was not offset with budget savings elsewhere, pledged to make a similar "pay-for" demand if further disaster funds were needed. For now, however, he was focused on getting aid to the victims.
Rep. Tom Cole, the Republican congressman whose district bore the brunt of the tornado — its second major disaster due to a twister in 14 years — had no explaining to do. He supported the Sandy legislation and pledged whatever resources were necessary to recover and rebuild devastated communities.
"I am confident we will get the help we need to make it through this tragedy. That is what Americans do for other Americans in tough times and challenging circumstances," Cole said in a statement.
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