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Oklahoma’s Senators Opposed 2011 FEMA Funds, Sandy Aid

Oklahoma’s two Republican senators, Tom Coburn and James Inhofe, may be in an awkward position: their tornado-devastated state needs help from the U.S. disaster relief agency whose plea for funds they rejected in 2011.

Coburn and Inhofe voted in September 2011 against a bill to provide $7 billion to help finance the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s relief fund. Coburn had unsuccessfully sought to reduce other federal programs to pay for it.