Why Three Fiscally Responsible Congressmen Voted Against Aid for Hurricane Harvey
Republican congressmen who voted against an $7.85 billion relief package for Hurricane Harvey victims defended their votes Wednesday by saying the measure lacked necessary spending offsets.
The House overwhelmingly passed the measure in a 419-3 vote. Three Republicans voted against it: Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan, Andy Biggs of Arizona and Thomas Massie of Kentucky.
“With $20 trillion dollars of debt, and in the absence of a budget to guide spending, I believe that unscheduled spending should be offset by equal cuts elsewhere. This bill recklessly increases the national debt because it contains no spending offsets,” Massie told the Washington Examiner through a spokesperson.
The bill includes $7.4 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief fund and an additional $450 million for the Small Business Administration’s Disaster Loan Program.