Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney voted for fiscal responsibility and against an unnecessary and irresponsible appropriations bill, H.R. 5687, that would have provided over $20 billion in additional aid for disaster relief in Puerto Rico.
Congressman Rooney stated, “Once again, Congress has shown its inability to control spending, even though our nation is now over $23 trillion in debt. Over the last three years, over $40 billion has already been allocated to disaster relief in Puerto Rico – less than half of that has been spent, to date. Additionally, the FEMA Disaster Relief Fund has more than $40 billion available now that the President has declared a disaster in Puerto Rico.
“In Congress I have consistently criticized the excessive, irresponsible appropriations promoted by both parties, which has taken our national debt to a stratospheric level. Since elected, I have consistently voted against legislation like this and I intend to continue my opposition to out of control Washington spending.”