U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita today filed amendments that would make spending cuts to match the cost of new proposed spending related to Hurricane Sandy recovery. The amendments would require across-the-board cuts to non-defense discretionary spending that would fully offset the proposed $50 billion in supplemental spending related to last year's hurricane.
"Rather than adding to our debt with new, unbudgeted disaster spending, we should prioritize our spending and make cuts that equal these additional expenses," said Rokita. "I share the compassion that all Americans feel toward Hurricane Sandy's victims. By reducing spending on less important priorities -- just as every family would do in times of emergency -- we can help the victims without passing on the cost of this tragedy to the children of tomorrow."
Last week, Rokita voted against a bill to temporarily increase the borrowing authority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for carrying out the National Flood Insurance Program.
In a guest column today in the Lafayette Journal & Courier, Rokita explained the case for matching new, off-budget disaster relief spending with cuts in other areas.