Congressman Mark Meadows

Representing the 11th District of North Carolina

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Rep. Meadows’ Statement on Hurricane Harvey Aid Vote

Sep 11, 2017
Press Release

RELEASE:
Rep. Meadows’ Statement on Hurricane Harvey Aid Vote

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) released the following statement on his decision to vote against the final passage of a bill to provide disaster relief for Hurricane Harvey—combined with a measure to raise the debt ceiling for three months:

Early last week, I was pleased to vote in favor of a clean bill to provide $7.4 billion in relief to victims of Hurricane Harvey, and cautioned that Congress would do well to avoid combining pork, add-on’s, or unrelated legislative items to the bill through the rest of the process. Unfortunately, Congress went in the other direction and chose to combine aid for Harvey victims with a bill to raise the debt ceiling. For that reason, I voted against last weekend’s final bill to provide hurricane relief.

The hundreds of thousands of Hurricane Harvey victims that have been left broken are in need of help, and as I’ve said before, it’s on Congress to responsibly give it to them. However, disaster relief and the debt ceiling are two very important issues that I believe should be addressed separately—not combined for political convenience. While I’m glad the victims of this storm will receive the help they desperately need, I’m disappointed in the manner in which it was handled.  Moving forward, additional votes for hurricane relief will certainly be forthcoming—and if that legislation is used solely to support the people who are suffering and not a leverage for some other measure, then I will gladly support it.”

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