LLPH applauds Rep. Nunnelee for casting a fiscally responsible vote against the pork-filled, not offset Sandy Supplemental (H.R. 152).
On his Facebook, Rep. Nunnelee stated:
NUNNELEE VOTES AGAINST SPENDING $50 BILLION WITH NO OFFSETS
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss) released the following statement on H.R. 152, The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013:
“I support providing aid to communities hit by natural disasters. I am opposed to the broken process that led to spending $50 billion without cutting spending elsewhere. Disaster aid, like all federal spending, is not free, we either pay for it now or pay for it later with interest; I think we should have paid for it now.”
H.R. 152 passed, 241-180.
He further explained on Facebook:
Yesterday, I voted for $17 billion in disaster aid for immediately needed assistance, and voted to cut spending elsewhere in our budget to pay for it. This is exactly what the families in those areas are doing, paying for disaster related expenses while cutting spending they would have had elsewhere in their budget.
However, when the House defeated the spending cuts amendment and added an additional $33 billion, I could not support the measure.
This is like buying supplies to help our neighbors in need but sending the bill to our grandchildren. We get the satisfaction of helping our neighbor, and our grandchildren get the bill.
I was not sent here to borrow and spend money with no regard for who is going to pay it back. I want to help the people who need help, but it should be done in a responsible way, not the way Washington has always done it.