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Hurricane Harvey Aid Bill Was Nothing More Than Ransom Money

Only 17 Republicans voted against a bill that would temporarily raise the debt ceiling and provide government funding to Hurricane Havery victims Thursday.

Today on radio Glenn discussed the politicians who chose to use hurricane relief funding as leverage rather than come to a bipartisan, altruistic agreement.

The final approval came Friday as the House voted 316-90. According to the New York Times, “The deal agreed to by the president cobbles together hurricane money with a debt-limit increase and a stopgap spending measure, relieving a logjam of issues that lawmakers needed to deal with before the end of September.”

“This was ransom money,” asserted Glenn. “Only 17 people saw this for what it was — manipulating a crisis.” According to the Daily Caller, only 17 senators voted against the funding. These include:

Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee, Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Steve Daines of Montana, Jeff Flake of Arizona, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Michael Enzi of Wyoming, Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, Mike Lee of Utah, James Risch of Idaho, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, John McCain of Arizona and Ben Sasse of Nebraska.

Glenn went on to praise the organizations who have independently raised funds to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey including JJ Watt who raised $27 million, Michael Dell who gave $36million of his own money, Hollywood stars, and larger and smaller companies and charities including Bank of America and TheBlaze’s very own, Mercury One.

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

GLENN: Never let a crisis go to waste. And that was the principle that was in action this week. Only 17 senators voted nay HEP yesterday on the idea of combining hurricane relief and raising the debt ceiling. Only 17 people saw this for what it was: manipulating a crisis. Did the other 80 congressmen take no issue at all with using federal aid for Hurricane Harvey victims as leverage?

This was ransom money, bought and paid for, to ensure the players on Capitol Hill get to play their little games in the months to come. I have a message for those in Washington. And anybody who is using the threat of hurricane relief money to further their agenda: Keep your damn money. Every last cent of it. We don't need your help. And we'll take care of our own.

If there is one thing that Hurricane Harvey has taught us -- not even taught us, reminded us, through all of the cacophony of lies in the media, we heard this: The American spirit is as strong as it has ever been. And we didn't wait around for you to come and save us. We saved ourselves. We didn't beg for government money and government assistance. We all got into our cars, our trucks. We had neighbors that had boats that just took it down themselves and rescued people, while they were in Washington cutting back door deals, we were opening our wallets and our lives and our homes in droves.

I don't know if this has really hit you yet, but J.J. Watt took to Twitter and raised over $20 million, and that number is still climbing.

Michael Dell gave $36 million of his own money, 16 million has been given from sports franchises. Hollywood has even stepped up with over 10 million. The US Chamber of Congress reported that companies such as Bank of America, Verizon, Coca-Cola, Google, IBM, Shell, all have donated 140 million. And that number is going up every single day.

As of last night, Mercury One and this little audience has raised over $2.1 million. And that number will be well over five soon. And this money? None of that money is going into some politician's hands so they can take a cut, spread it to their friends and their families and their special interests that will help them get reelected. This is cash going directly from the people, directly to the people who have lives and families and businesses that actually need it.

There's a ton of work to be done in America. And America had become a country that relies on federal help when disasters come. But that doesn't mean you in Washington have to take advantage of those in need. Never let a crisis go to waste.

How about we think differently? Let's think like Texans. To those in Washington playing your little games, we dismiss you. Stand aside. We've got this.

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