Congressman Chris Stewart

Representing the 2nd District of Utah
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Rep. Stewart Issues Statement on Disaster Relief, Debt Ceiling, and Government Funding Vote

Sep 8, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) issued the following statement after today’s vote on the disaster relief, debt ceiling, and government funding bill:

This wasn’t a vote for hurricane relief. I already voted for emergency funding on Wednesday. I voted no because we once again have abandoned our military and failed to address our national debt.”

Rep. Stewart outlined the following concerns with the bill:

  • Continuing Resolution – Not only does this bill not address our nation’s fiscal crisis, but as a member of the Appropriations committee, I am concerned that we are not prioritizing the threats that we face nationally and domestically.
  • Debt Limit – Raising the debt ceiling without real spending reform is irresponsible. The American people expect Congress to get our fiscal house in order.  
  • Flood Insurance – Temporarily reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program without a long-term plan to stabilize its finances will inevitably create more dysfunction within the program.
  • Harvey Relief – The House overwhelmingly passed a Harvey relief bill by 419 votes to 3 earlier this week. This package would have provided $7.85 billion in emergency funding. If Congress is going to pass any disaster relief spending, it should be a stand-alone bill.