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Of emergency funding for a program that provides energy assistance (home heating) to the elderly, Trent Lott stood up and said, according to Bob Geiger: "What is it we are not going to give people for free? Is there any limit? Is there any limit to the amount of money?" asked Lott, adding snidely "I thought we were having global warming."

As Geiger points out, this is the result of the fact that "Team Bush decided in December that it was more important to give more tax cuts to the wealthy than to fund home heating for the poor."

You'd think Senator "oh-the-days-of-segregationist-politics" Lott would've learned his lesson by now... But perhaps he only cares about disasters closer to his destroyed Mississippi mansion, like Katrina outrage. I mean, his constituency doesn't have heating problems...

Rhode Island Democrat Jack Reed summed it up when he said: "We have a chance to help people, a last chance to help people this year who are literally freezing. It we do not take it, shame on us." (BobGeiger.com)

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