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September 26th, 2008
08:30 AM ET

Ron Paul against hurricane recovery $$ for his district?

Ed Lavandera | BIO
CNN Correspondent in Houston, Texas

"Dr. No" really lived up to his nickname this time. If you've never heard of "Dr. No" that would be Congressman and former presidential candidate Ron Paul. He's made a name for himself for voting against virtually every piece of legislation that he sees as government overreaching.

Could you ever imagine finding a politician voting against sending billions of dollars to his own district to help recover from a hurricane disaster?

I guess you can say Ron Paul is dishing out some tough love in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. Paul's southeast Texas congressional district includes many areas hit hard by the hurricane, including Galveston Island. The Texas Representative voted against a $22-billion aid package to help in the recovery and rebuilding of the southeast Texas region. The bill passed despite Paul's opposition. But needless to say, some in Galveston are dismayed.

"That's bad. That's sad," Galveston City Manager Steve LeBlanc told the Houston Chronicle.

The congressman's office told me that Paul voted against the bill because "it was snuck into a bill he couldn't support." But his office did say he voted for a disaster tax relief bill that will help his constituents get back on their feet.

Something tells me that's not what many voters in Galveston are going to remember.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Hurricane Ike
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Surafel Melaku

    MAN! I love this guy, he always focus on issues/problem and almost all the time he is dead right in solving/over coming the issues. He work really hard, this guy should have been our next President of The United State of America.

    Paul '08!

    September 26, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  2. Kent, Illinois

    Bye bye Ron Paul................you will drive off into the distant horizon.

    September 26, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  3. hong

    I don't know why the media keeps covering Ron Paul.This man is a nobody and should never be seen on television.

    September 26, 2008 at 12:12 pm |
  4. August

    Paul not only could have potentially shafted the Texas 14th Congressional district, which includes most of the upper Texas coast, including Galveston Island, but the entire @6 millioin people living in the greater Houston area. With the terrifying developments in financial markets most Americans aren't aware of the lingering damage that remains after Hurricane Ike devestated. Over a half a million customers and businesses in the nation's 4th largest city are still without power two weeks after the storm moved ashore, pushing an 8ft tidal surge over Galvestom Island, the Bolivar Peninsula and the coastal counties. For almost a week after the storm the Houston area remained 90% dark. I have no doubt that Paul will be reelected if he chooses to run. If he wins, it's because his constituency is in the dark.

    September 26, 2008 at 12:05 pm |
  5. Michele Suito, FL

    A program similar to "My Safe Florida Home" which helped homeowners get hurricane protection for their properties in the state of Florida should be implemented in Houston (Texas) too. Those who need to rebuild need to do so with stricter building codes that will withstand a hurricane category 3 or 4 even, we in Florida know that a category 5 hurricane will blow out your entire property but we take the necessary steps to protect our family and belongings. Those who did not loose their homes in Houston and Galveston need to REINFORCE their properties with shutters, impact-resistant windows and doors and other hurricane protection products developed to make their homes and businesses stronger to withstand the next hurricane. Government programs like the "My Safe Florida Home" are good for residents but people need to take advantage of them while they are out there. In Florida the program was implemented after hurricane Wilma hit and government officials expected the funds to be used in 1 year by homeowners, however because of lack of interest or maybe not enough advertising of the funds available, the money available for homeowners took almost 2 1/2 years to be exhausted. This clearly shows that homeowners need to take action and be responsible for the situation that they are in - if you live in a hurricane zone - you need hurricane protection.

    September 26, 2008 at 11:31 am |
  6. Maria

    How can he vote against this? Has he been down to Galveston? Does he watch the news?
    Most of these people were left with nothing; you would think a representative from Texas would want relief for his state!

    September 26, 2008 at 11:19 am |
  7. Annie Kate

    Is Ron Paul up for re-election this year? If he is, then he certainly stands up for what he believes in – even when it may cost him his seat. I'm glad the bill passed without his vote. Galveston needs the help.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    September 26, 2008 at 10:53 am |
  8. Cindy

    What was the other bill that Ron just could not support no matter what? That seems like a lame excuse to me! The people in his district were some of the hardest hit and really need the most help. I hope he is real good at explaining this!

    Cindy...Ga.

    September 26, 2008 at 9:05 am |