Opinion: Florida's Republicans play politics with people's lives.

Matthew C. Woodruff

Ian Damage(via The Guardian)

Just days after one of the strongest hurricanes in history ripped through Florida causing billions of dollars in damages and costing still uncounted deaths (currently at 83), Florida’s Republican senators and representatives voted ‘No’ on the stop-gap government funding bill that included keeping FEMA going through next year with $18.8 Billion dollars. The funding bill also included vital resources for Ukraine and security for Federal Courts.

Democrats said passing the bill was important to helping victims of recent natural disasters in the U.S., including Hurricane Ian, as it provides a Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster fund with a year’s worth of money up front rather than for two-and-a-half months.

This no vote came in spite of the fact that Governor Ron DeSantis asked President Biden to extend FEMA aid to Florida for clean-up and recovery from Hurricane Ian just days ago, and Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott sent a joint letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee chairs asking for funding to “provide much needed assistance to Florida.” Biden immediately promised all the aid the Federal Government can muster.

Gaetz said in a video on Twitter that he voted no on the bill partially because it set a cap on Insulin prices.

The Republican lawmakers seeming callous indifference and political opportunism to the chaos and destruction to Florida and its people and the ongoing death and destruction in the Ukraine is overwhelmingly pathetic and hypocritical. Playing politics with people’s lives is not good governance. I hope Florida voters remember this in November.

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Matthew is a free-lance journalist, and an internationally award-winning author best known for Dark Humor/Lite Horror/Supernatural short stories, as well as an ordained minister who served as a domestic missionary. He is a lover of the unusual, travel, cats and the spark that makes people tick. Matthew is based in Florida, USA.

Gainesville, FL

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