But Fallin joined other conservatives in urging passage of a debt-financed hurricane relief bill. Among those cool to the idea were Oklahoma's two newest U.S. House members. Their opposition was also part political and part principled: Relief bills tend to get larded up with non-relief related appropriations.
Despite that, a letter that Fallin signed said disaster relief “is not and never should be a political issue.” Anything Congress does is inherently political. The relief bill will get done, even if loaded with pork. As for Fallin caving on Medicaid, that's still not a sure bet.