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
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
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