Tim McNulty says the first big vote in the House for newly-elected Keith Rothfus and Scott Perry was to deny critical assistance to the thousands of families whose livelihoods were devastated by Hurricane Sandy:
New Pittsburgh-area congressman Keith Rothfus made his first big vote today — voting against $9.7 billion in Hurricane Sandy flood insurance relief. In the 18-member Pa congressional delegation only he and fellow freshman Scott Perry (R-York) voted against the measure, while fellow GOPers such as Tim Murphy, Mike Kelly and Bill Shuster voted in favor.
The relief bill passed 354-67 with all the nays coming from Republicans and goes next to the Senate. Another, much larger ($51B) relief measure will come up Jan. 15.
We’ll post Rothfus’s reasoning if we get it, but it’s worth noting his last government job was working on Hurricane Katrina relief in the George W. Bush administration.
The conservative group Club For Growth — once led by Rothfus mentor Pat Toomey — urged the House today to vote the package down.