Rooney votes no on disaster relief bill that drastically exceeds requested funding

Last evening, Congressman Francis Roney voted for fiscal responsibility and against a so-called disaster relief bill that far exceeded the initial amounts requested – 86% of the supplemental disaster funding was never requested by the Trump Administration.

Congressman Rooney stated, “It has become all too common for Congress to use disaster funding to break through spending caps that are in place. There are legitimate needs for funding to assist with recovery from horrific natural disasters that affected Florida and other states around the country, however I could not support a bill that is completely fiscally irresponsible.”

In addition to the bill allocating substantially more money than was originally requested by the President:

  • As of May 1st, the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) contained roughly $29 billion
  • This legislation allowed for funding of disasters from as far back as 2015
  • According to CBO, less than 30% of the $19.188 billion included in the bill would actually be spent in FY 2019.
  • $55 million was included for Head Start education programs
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