Rep. Stewart Issues Statement on Disaster Relief, Debt Ceiling, and Government Funding Vote
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.