Rep. Steve King Says Opposition To Katrina Relief Was His "Best Vote" Ever

September 22, 2009 10:48 am ET — Matt Finkelstein

In a new interview with The Hill, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) bragged about his opposition to a bill providing relief for Hurricane Katrina victims in 2005.  When asked "[w]hat vote would you like to redo," King was unable to think of anything.  Instead, he spun the question in order to talk about his "best vote." Here's what he said:

THE HILL: What vote would you like to redo?

REP. KING: I don't really go back and re-live that sort of thing. Some of the big votes that I've thought about, some of the jury's still out. And at this point, maybe I'd answer that question another way, probably the singular vote that stands out that went against the grain, and it turns out to be the best vote that I cast, was my "no" vote to the $51.5 billion to [Hurricane] Katrina. That probably was my best vote. But as far as doing something different again, I don't know.

The bill in question is HR 3673, which provided "an additional $51.8 billion for relief and recovery from Hurricane Katrina." It passed the House by a vote of 410-11 -- other "no" votes included Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) -- and unanimously in the Senate.    

Katrina killed 1,464 in Louisiana alone and uprooted the lives of countless others all over the gulf region.  Yet, King says this was his "best" moment in Congress.  Not fighting for "conservative principles" like smaller government, lower taxes, or a strong national defense -- no, he's most proud of opposing relief for victims of a catastrophe.   

Of course, King has no problem going "against the grain," as he puts it.  In July, he was the only member of the House to vote against a resolution acknowledging the role slaves played in building the Capitol.