Thats just for disasters like severe storms and snow.
Kansas also received roughly $618 million over the same period for farm-related disasters such as drought- and storm-damaged crops, according to a database compiled by the Environmental Working Group. Some of that spending went to relatives of Huelskamp, the 1st District Republican who opposed the Sandy relief bill.
Since 1995, the Environmental Working Group says, farmers just in Huelskamps sprawling district have taken nearly $891 million in federal disaster payments. None of that federal spending was specifically offset by cuts to other parts of the budget.
Huelskamp did not respond to a request for an interview Tuesday.
In a statement Monday, the budget critic said he did not oppose all disaster relief.
Disasters happen, and many times there is a role for Washington to respond, Huelskamps statement said. But that does not mean we put on the blindfolds and pray that the money gets where it needs to go.
Less than a week ago, the U.S. Department of Agriculture declared virtually every Kansas county a federal drought disaster area. That qualified residents for low-cost emergency loans and other federal relief.
Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas, who also voted against the Sandy bill in early January, did not respond to several requests for an explanation of his vote. A spokeswoman for Rep. Lynn Jenkins, a Kansas Republican, said the congresswoman voted no because of a need for flood insurance reform.
In an earlier statement, Jenkins said unneeded spending should be cut from the relief package and offset with other spending cuts.
Kansas Democrats criticized the early January votes.
We have had our handouts for the last 10 years with disaster relief, said Democratic state party Chairwoman Joan Wagnon. It flies in the face of reasonableness that you would stick your hand out for more money than most states get, and then refuse to help someone else.
Seven of Missouris eight House members Graves being the lone exception voted for the $9.7 billion Sandy flood bill in early January, including Rep. Billy Long, whose district includes Joplin, which was ravaged by a tornado in 2011 and received hundreds of millions in federal aid.
Records show Missouri received more than $1 billion disaster relief from 2004 through 2011. Missouri ranked 19th in per-person disaster spending during that period.
The state also got $240 million in those years for farm-related disasters, including roughly $95 million in Graves district.
Some landowners also got disaster help after the 2011 Missouri River flood, but those were offset, Graves said.
But during Tuesdays debate on an additional $50.7 billion for Sandy relief, even some Republicans criticized Midwestern opposition to the relief package.
It would be hypocritical, in my view, to fail to do for people in the affected region what I and I know many others have routinely asked for our own regions, said Rep. Tom Cole, a Republican from Oklahoma. Republicans from northeastern states made similar statements.
Democrats from the Northeast were equally blunt.
I plead with my colleagues not to have a double standard, said Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York. Tornado relief to Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri ... Ike, Gustav, Katrina, Rita. But when it comes to the Northeast ... delay, delay, delay.
An amendment requiring the second part of the Sandy aid package be offset by other federal spending reductions was defeated.
Conservative groups such as the Club for Growth and the Heritage Foundation urged votes against the Sandy relief packages. They warned the votes would be used to score members adherence to conservative principles.
This vote is indeed an opportunity for lawmakers in Congress to demonstrate fiscal responsibility, Heritage said. Faced with another trillion-dollar deficit, adding tens of billions of dollars to our national debt is reckless.