hurricane relief

Nearly every member of Congress voted for hurricane relief except Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky). And a local chamber of commerce didn’t mince words.

As The Cincinnati Enquirer originally reported, Rep. Massie was just one of three members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted “no” to an aid package meant for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana. The River City News tweeted an article about Massie’s vote, prompting the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s official Twitter account to quote tweet the story, commenting, “Wow, what a piece of shit.”

The tweet was quickly deleted, but not before the Enquirer took a screenshot:

Screenshot by The Cincinnati Enquirer

Rep. Massie’s reason for his opposition to the bill was that taxpayers couldn’t afford the $7.85 billion package meant for thousands of people displaced by Hurricane Harvey, and that budget cuts should be made to other programs before “recklessly” approving disaster relief funding.

“With $20 trillion dollars of debt, and in the absence of a budget to guide spending, I believe that the unscheduled spending should be offset by equal cuts elsewhere,” Massie said in a public statement. “This bill recklessly increases the national debt because it contains no spending offsets.”

The only other two members of Congress to vote against the hurricane relief bill were Reps. Justin Amash (R-Michigan) and Andy Biggs (R-Arizona). Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Brent Cooper apologized for the tweet, saying that neither he nor the other admin on the account made the post, and that the tweet “doesn’t reflect the feeling of the chamber of commerce.” While Cooper told the Enquirer that he outsourced a contractor to manage the account, he didn’t explicitly name the company.


Matthew P. Robbins is an economics reporter for Grit Post covering wages, budgets, and taxes. He lives in Chicago, Illinois with his husband and two cats. 

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