May 22nd, 2013
05:15 PM ET

Sen. Coburn: Sandy aid relief was a 'pork fest'

The Moore, Oklahoma community continues to recover from Monday's devastating tornado that killed 24 people, including 10 children.

Oklahoma City Mayor Glenn Lewis said today 12,000 to 13,000 homes were damaged or destroyed by tornado.

The Department of Emergency Management spokesman Jerry Lojka said Tuesday some 10,000 people were directly impacted by the tornado.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano visited the disaster area Wednesday, saying at press conference: "On behalf of President Obama and behalf of FEMA, we will be here to stay until this recovery is complete."

Questions about aid have come to the forefront with Sen. Tom Coburn confirming he would want to offset any relief money with cuts to other parts of the budget.

Erin Burnett talks to Republican Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn at 7p ET on CNN.

Filed under: News • Oklahoma Tornado • Politics
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. wilywascal

    Wasn't the first ten billion bill only to increase borrowing for the flood insurance program so it could cover claims from Sandy? Coburn is saying it was going to FEMA, which is kind of disingenuous.

    June 2, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Reply
  2. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    No federal aid for Okie, OK? I want to know if congress is really going to approve funds for Okie. I believe Super Storm Sandy devastated THRE (3) Northeastern states in NY, NJ and CT, affecting millions of people. Yet every republican voted against Sandy relief. Only 10,000 people were affected by the Okie twister. If congress approves funds for Okie, then its time for us here in the Northeast to start protesting on Capitol Hill.

    May 23, 2013 at 10:16 am | Reply
  3. Amy D

    I am glade that Sen. Tom Coburn is not a Texas Senator.Erin Burnett was talking about schools and he tried to turn it around on her, REALLY!!! I guess since his kids did not die, it really didn't matter to him. Just the bottom line.. WOW!!! God help the poor people who have him as a Senator.... I see that his isn't going too help...

    May 23, 2013 at 2:25 am | Reply
  4. A disappointed Oklahoman

    Tom Coburn will play politics at all levels. He is rude and arrogant. He does not want the "big government" as he is a hard core conservative. Yet he did not get the point during the interview. Governor Fallon is another hypocrite. When Obama visited Oklahoma last year for visit, she avoided seeing him as she was on vacation. Now, she will be kissing some rear on Sunday to get Federal aid and attention.
    Oklahoma has strange laws. I believe that each home should be build to withstand a tornado or high winds. We have high rises on the East Coast to sustain hurricane winds. Why doesn't States with high incident of tornadoes, make homes with same materials as they do to prevent hurricane damage ???
    Tom Coburn interview is disgrace. Sorry America.

    May 22, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Reply
  5. TNPatriot

    Coburn is both a coward and a hypocite!

    May 22, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Reply
  6. Krp

    There is no proof shelters saves lives. No one wants children to die tragically that is why it is tragic but common sense always trumps expensive government solutions and parents did go and pick up there kids ahead of the storm and they were safe. How about talking abut parental responsibility first before government.

    May 22, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Reply
  7. sam

    So Sen Coburn, what about FEMA now? Yes its tragic what happened and I'm glad there is help.... should we leave Oklahomans to fend for themselves as you have critically stated about in the past about other places. Its different when it happens at home, you become gob-smacked!... nothing to say when the handouts come home do we now....

    May 22, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Reply

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