Vote Alert: House: Bailout Flood Insurance Program & Spend $36.5B

· October 12, 2017  
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CR Liberty Score Update

This vote was on $36.5 billion in “emergency” spending as a response to damage caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate, as well as wildfires in California and other Western states.

By the numbers, the bill is fiscally irresponsible, containing no spending offsets for the over $18 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Relief fund, which will likely never be repaid.

Additionally, the bill contained what amounts to a $16 billion bailout of the National Flood Insurance program (NFIP), which is almost $30 billion in debt. The bailout of the NFIP skews the market by encouraging development in flood-prone areas by subsidizing insurance rates for homes and businesses in these high-risk zones. In effect, taxpayers from across the nation are contributing to the flood insurance premiums of those living in flood zones. In addition to putting American citizens in danger, it wastes taxpayer dollars by pouring them into a failing government insurance program. The program is in need of serious structural reforms, but instead receives a never-ending stream of taxpayer money.

On a larger scale, the disaster supplemental fits into a larger, wasteful Washington, D.C., practice of patching up the effects of natural disasters with cash injections, rather than planning ahead for them or cutting spending to pay for them, thus growing the U.S.’s already bloated national debt. The House voted and passed this bill on October 12, 2017 in a roll call vote of 353-69.

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Conservative position: NO


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YEAS—353

Abraham
Adams
Aderholt
Aguilar
Allen
Amodei
Arrington
Babin
Bacon
Barletta
Barragán
Bass
Beatty
Bera
Beyer
Bilirakis
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (UT)
Blumenauer
Blunt Rochester
Bonamici
Bost
Boyle, Brendan F.
Brady (PA)
Brady (TX)
Brooks (IN)
Brown (MD)
Brownley (CA)
Buchanan
Bucshon
Burgess
Bustos
Butterfield
Byrne
Calvert
Capuano
Carbajal
Cárdenas
Carson (IN)
Carter (GA)
Carter (TX)
Cartwright
Castor (FL)
Castro (TX)
Cheney
Chu, Judy
Cicilline
Clark (MA)
Clarke (NY)
Clay
Cleaver
Coffman
Cohen
Cole
Collins (GA)
Collins (NY)
Comstock
Conaway
Connolly
Conyers
Cook
Cooper
Correa
Costa
Costello (PA)
Courtney
Cramer
Crawford
Crist
Crowley
Cuellar
Culberson
Cummings
Curbelo (FL)
Davis (CA)
Davis, Danny
Davis, Rodney
DeFazio
DeGette
Delaney
DeLauro
DelBene
Demings
Denham
Dent
DeSantis
DeSaulnier
Deutch
Diaz-Balart
Dingell
Doggett
Donovan
Doyle, Michael F.
Dunn
Ellison
Engel
Espaillat
Estes (KS)
Esty (CT)
Evans
Farenthold
Faso
Ferguson
Fitzpatrick
Fleischmann
Flores
Fortenberry
Foster
Frankel (FL)
Frelinghuysen
Fudge
Gabbard
Gaetz
Gallego
Garamendi
Gianforte
Gomez
Gonzalez (TX)

Gottheimer
Gowdy
Granger
Graves (GA)
Graves (LA)
Graves (MO)
Green, Al
Green, Gene
Grijalva
Grothman
Guthrie
Gutiérrez
Hanabusa
Handel
Harper
Hartzler
Hastings
Heck
Herrera Beutler
Higgins (LA)
Higgins (NY)
Himes
Hollingsworth
Hoyer
Huizenga
Hultgren
Hunter
Hurd
Issa
Jackson Lee
Jayapal
Jeffries
Jenkins (KS)
Jenkins (WV)
Johnson (GA)
Johnson (OH)
Johnson, E. B.
Johnson, Sam
Joyce (OH)
Kaptur
Katko
Keating
Kelly (IL)
Kelly (PA)
Kennedy
Khanna
Kihuen
Kildee
Kilmer
Kind
King (IA)
King (NY)
Kinzinger
Knight
Krishnamoorthi
Kuster (NH)
Labrador
LaHood
LaMalfa
Lance
Langevin
Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
Latta
Lawson (FL)
Lee
Levin
Lewis (GA)
Lieu, Ted
Lipinski
LoBiondo
Loebsack
Lofgren
Love
Lowenthal
Lowey
Lucas
Luetkemeyer
Lujan Grisham, M.
Luján, Ben Ray
Lynch
MacArthur
Maloney, Carolyn B.
Maloney, Sean
Marshall
Mast
Matsui
McCarthy
McCaul
McClintock
McCollum
McEachin
McGovern
McHenry
McKinley
McMorris Rodgers
McNerney
McSally
Meehan
Meeks
Meng
Mitchell
Moolenaar
Moore
Moulton
Murphy (FL)
Murphy (PA)
Nadler
Napolitano
Neal
Newhouse
Nolan
Norcross
Nunes
O’Halleran
O’Rourke
Olson
Pallone

Panetta
Pascrell
Paulsen
Payne
Pelosi
Perlmutter
Peters
Peterson
Pingree
Pocan
Poe (TX)
Poliquin
Polis
Posey
Price (NC)
Quigley
Raskin
Reed
Reichert
Rice (NY)
Rice (SC)
Richmond
Roby
Roe (TN)
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rohrabacher
Rooney, Francis
Rooney, Thomas J.
Ros-Lehtinen
Rosen
Roskam
Ross
Roybal-Allard
Royce (CA)
Ruiz
Ruppersberger
Rush
Russell
Rutherford
Ryan (OH)
Sánchez
Sarbanes
Scalise
Schakowsky
Schiff
Schneider
Schrader
Scott (VA)
Scott, Austin
Scott, David
Serrano
Sessions
Sewell (AL)
Shea-Porter
Sherman
Shimkus
Shuster
Simpson
Sinema
Sires
Slaughter
Smith (NE)
Smith (NJ)
Smith (TX)
Smith (WA)
Smucker
Soto
Speier
Stefanik
Stivers
Suozzi
Swalwell (CA)
Takano
Taylor
Tenney
Thompson (MS)
Thompson (PA)
Thornberry
Tiberi
Tipton
Titus
Tonko
Torres
Trott
Tsongas
Turner
Upton
Valadao
Vargas
Veasey
Vela
Velázquez
Visclosky
Wagner
Walberg
Walden
Walters, Mimi
Walz
Wasserman Schultz
Waters, Maxine
Watson Coleman
Weber (TX)
Webster (FL)
Welch
Westerman
Wilson (FL)
Wilson (SC)
Wittman
Womack
Woodall
Yarmuth
Yoder
Yoho
Young (AK)
Young (IA)
Zeldin


NAYS—69

Amash
Banks (IN)
Barr
Barton
Bergman
Biggs
Bishop (MI)
Blackburn
Blum
Brat
Brooks (AL)
Buck
Budd
Chabot
Comer
Davidson
DesJarlais
Duffy
Duncan (SC)
Duncan (TN)
Emmer
Foxx
Franks (AZ)

Gallagher
Garrett
Gibbs
Gohmert
Goodlatte
Gosar
Griffith
Harris
Hensarling
Hice, Jody B.
Hill
Holding
Hudson
Johnson (LA)
Jones
Jordan
Kelly (MS)
Kustoff (TN)
Lamborn
Lewis (MN)
Loudermilk
Marchant
Massie

Meadows
Messer
Mooney (WV)
Mullin
Noem
Norman
Palmer
Pearce
Perry
Pittenger
Ratcliffe
Rokita
Rothfus
Rouzer
Sanford
Schweikert
Sensenbrenner
Smith (MO)
Stewart
Walker
Walorski
Wenstrup
Williams

NOT VOTING—11

Black
Bridenstine
Clyburn
Eshoo

Huffman
Lawrence
Long
Marino

Palazzo
Renacci
Thompson (CA)

Author: CR Staff