Shea-Porter Statement on House Passage of Disaster Relief, Federal Government Funding, and Debt Limit Suspension Bill
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) released the following statement after voting for a bill providing emergency disaster funding for Harvey relief and continuing federal funding (which had been set to expire on September 30th) as well as suspending the debt limit through December 8th. The bill passed the House by a vote of 316-90, and now heads to the President’s desk:
“I am thankful that disaster relief funding will be sent to Texas. I am also cautiously optimistic that today’s bill, which averted a government shutdown and debt ceiling crisis, represents a move away from the irresponsible brinksmanship that has recently come to define Washington. While Congress should not expect applause for performing its basic functions, this is a step in the right direction.”
Today’s bill includes $15.3 billion in emergency disaster funding for Hurricane Harvey relief, including the $7.9 billion Shea-Porter voted for earlier this week. The bill also continues funding for the federal government, suspends the debt limit, and reauthorizes the National Flood Insurance Program through December 8, 2017. The package temporarily removes the threat of a default and government shutdown and provides immediate aid to disaster stricken communities while giving Congress more time to negotiate a budget deal and a longer-term solution to the debt ceiling. It will also allow Congress to focus on other important priorities that must be addressed by the end of the month, such as reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program.