Republican Senator Marco Rubio defended his previous votes against providing hurricane relief as he has asked for federal money to help victims of Hurricane Ian in his home state of Florida.
CNN’s Dana Bash asked Mr. Rubio about a letter he sent to the Senate Appropriations Committee requesting disaster relief for resources for Florida after Hurricane Ian, but noted how he had previously voted against disaster relief in 2012 for victims. from Hurricane Sandy, which hit the northeast of the US.
Hurricane Ian made landfall this week and has already devastated parts of Florida and the east coast of the United States. Rubio has defended his actions in the past, saying he has always voted for hurricane and disaster relief.
“Which I didn’t vote for in Sandy, because they had things like a roof for a museum in Washington DC, for fishing in Alaska, it was stuffed with a lot of stuff that had nothing to do with disaster relief,” he said. I would never say we should use a Florida disaster package as a way to pay for all kinds of other things that people across the country want.”
In response, Ms. Bash noted that the Sandy relief bill included repairing a museum’s roof because it was damaged in the storm, and funding was earmarked for fishing in Alaska because of another disaster. In response, she asked if the lighting for Ian contained wasteful expenses that Mr Rubio would vote against.
“I’ll fight it if it has pork in it,” he said. “That’s the key. We shouldn’t have that there because it undermines the ability to come back and do this in the future.”