Washington, D.C. — Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL) issued the following statement following today’s vote extending government funding, the debt ceiling, and emergency services:
“Today, the House of Representatives was presented with a bad bill with no alternatives. This should have been a clean bill on disaster funding - the same bill that I voted in favor of earlier this week. No gimmicks, no add-ons, just funding for Harvey victims. Instead the Senate added an unconscionable debt limit increase and a continuing resolution they knew wouldn’t pass on their own. Snaking in a debt ceiling increase with funding for victims and communities affected is immoral and reflective of broken leadership in Washington.
“I do not think it wise to extend our borrowing limit without mandatory spending reforms. I do not think its good governance to kick the can down the road with yet another continuing resolution which continues to compromise our national security. Because of these issues, I voted NO on final passage.
“If this was a clean measure that focused on those affected by Hurricane Harvey, I would have proudly voted for it. But the Senate decided to play politics yet again and I will not stand for that. I will not compromise my values and principles shared by my constituents to award a Washington that uses political manipulation and crisis exploitation as a means to an end.
“Rest assured that relief will be provided to the victims of these hurricanes.
Suspends the debt limit through December 8, 2017 with no spending reforms
Provides a Continuing Resolution (CR) through December 8, 2017 with no reforms and forces the military to operate under a stopgap CR, once again. CR’s do enormous, lasting damage to the American military. We are witnessing an alarming increase in accidents, growing evidence of a force under stress, and an eroding technological position when compared with our adversaries. Not only does this bill fail to remedy those problems, it makes them worse.
Provides $15.5 billion in emergency disaster funding
Reauthorizes the National Flood Insurance Program through December 8, 2017 with no reforms.
$7.4 billion for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program that was not requested by the Administration. CDBG is fraught with wasteful spending and isn’t really used for timely disaster relief.
Pesticide fee extensions, among many, many other “anomalies”
Formally establishes federal programs to support the education of girls and vulnerable children in developing countries.