Some Texas Republicans are not even willing to soften their debt ceiling demagoguery to help their own constituents.
After quickly passing the Senate, the Harvey relief bill, which is part of a larger resolution to keep the government open and raise the debt ceiling, went to the House, where it also sailed through.
What made this vote tally even more inexplicable than the Senate, however, is that four Republican representatives in Texas voted against the measure.
4 Texas House Republicans voted against the Harvey/CR/debt limit increase deal.
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) September 8, 2017
The Texans who voted “no” were Sam Johnson, Jeb Hensarling, Joe Barton, and Mac Thornberry — all of whom represent congressional districts in the northern parts of the state, which experienced little or no damage from the storm.
When pressed, Thornberry gave the implausible excuse that he thought the bill did not go far enough in military spending:
Wow. House Armed Servces Chairman Mac Thornberry voted against the funding bill today – charging CRs do harm to the military pic.twitter.com/6BGnwLu0lI
— Abby Livingston (@TexasTribAbby) September 8, 2017
Not only did these lawmakers reject critical funding that is necessary to keep the government and the entire economy functional, but they heartlessly denied desperately needed aid to their neighbors just a couple of hours south of their districts.
These House Republicans ought to ask themselves what they are even doing in a position of public service, if they are opposed to the most basic, fundamental role of government in helping the public.