Steve King is taking a break from crusading against compact fluorescent lightbulbs and chasing the Tea Party spotlight, to hold a town hall. The only problem, he’s not holding the town hall in his district, or even his own state.
“Congressman King has lost his focus. Instead of talking to Iowans or voting in their best interest, he has focused on an ideological agenda,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky. “Now, instead of holding a town hall in Iowa, he’s crossing the border to hear from Nebraskans. This would be an opportunity to showcase some of the great venues in Sioux City, but Steve King is holding his town hall at a hotel across the river.”
King is holding a town hall to discuss Missouri River Flooding, an important issue to many Iowa communities and families. Unfortunately, King’s record of supporting flood recovery and prevention efforts also is missing.
“Steve King has taken countless votes against disaster aid, flood insurance, and prevention programs. Running to Nebraska won’t hide that record,” added Dvorsky.
Background on Steve King’s Votes Against Flood Relief
Voted against reauthorizing insurance program for flood victims
King voted against the reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Programs, which provides 95 percent of flood insurance policies across the nation. The bill increased coverage amounts for homeowners and expanded outreach to communities. [HR 5114, Vote #447, 7/15/10]
Opposed bill to expand small business disaster loan programs
King opposed a bill to expand disaster loans available to small businesses through the Small Business Administration. The bill would have increased limits and revise payment timetables to treat borrowers more favorably in the wake of disasters. [HR 1361, Vote #225, 4/18/07]
Voted to cut $481 million from the Army Corps of Engineers’ construction program
King voted in favor of an amendment that would have reduced the Army Corps of Engineers’ construction budget by over $481 million. These construction projects are a critical piece of preparing for flood mitigation. [HR 2641, H. Amdt. 317, Vote #503, 6/19/07]
Voted to eliminate funding for watershed preservation, flood control programs
Just last year King voted in favor of a spending bill which stated that watershed prevention programs and flood control programs “shall be $0.” [HR 1, Vote #147, 2011-2012 Session]