The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill to lift the caps on how much aid the U.S. Department of Transportation can provide to flood-ravaged Colorado on a voice vote Monday. But the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO), and its three Republican co-sponsors were among those who voted against emergency aid funding for East Coast states following Superstorm Sandy.
H.R. 3174, which Garnder introduced last week and passed just five days later under a suspension of House rules, gives the Secretary of Transportation the authority to make vital emergency aid to respond to the historic floods of “biblical” proportions in Colorado available based on need, without the $100 million per-emergency and per-state limits that usually apply.
But back in January, Gardner and fellow Colorado Republican Reps. Mike Coffman, Doug Lamborn, and Scott Tipton all voted against a bill to provide $50 billion in Sandy relief. Their opposition stemmed, in part, because they we unable to steer some of the Sandy aid to their own state. Though he had himself sought disaster aid after damages from Colorado wildfires in June 2012, Lamborn even voted against a smaller $9 billion emergency Sandy relief bill 11 days earlier.