Rep. Scott Perry explains ‘no’ vote for Sandy aid

The following is a statement from Rep. Scott Perry, R-Carroll Township, on Hurricane Sandy legislation that was posted on his website:
“Growing up, my family was twice flooded out of our home by severe storms that caused an overflow of the Yellow Breeches. As a state representative, I have seen the impact of natural disasters on my own community — and am well aware they could happen again.
“Last week, I opposed legislation to increase the National Flood Insurance Program’s borrowing authority because the NFIP is already $20 billion in debt. Some of that spending was unrelated to Hurricane Sandy, nearly half of the funds would not be spent until well beyond 2014, and no effort was made to pay for this new debt.¤.¤.¤.
“Yesterday, I supported bipartisan legislation, H.R. 219, which expedited and streamlined Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts and could save hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars. I was hopeful that I could support additional legislation that was effective and efficient and truly met the emergency needs of Hurricane Sandy victims. Unfortunately, the legislation approved by the House today, H.R. 152, The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, cost more than $50 billion and included funding unrelated to Hurricane Sandy. I supported amendments to H.R. 152 that would have offset some of the bill’s cost with reductions in other government spending, but those efforts were unsuccessful and I opposed the final version of H.R. 152.
“.¤.¤.This was not an easy vote to cast. I remain committed to working with my colleagues, regardless of political party, to find real solutions to the issues facing our nation. But the days of passing on ever increasing debt to future generations must come to an end.”

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