Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, issued the following statement regarding this evening's vote on H.R. 152, the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act.
Chairman Smith: "Under President Obama, the federal government now borrows 42 cents for every dollar it spends. No family, no community, no business and no country can sustain that kind of excessive spending. That is the road to insolvency.
"While I sympathize with the victims of Hurricane Sandy, Congress has already authorized $9.7 billion in emergency funding. But the $50 billion bill considered today includes additional spending far beyond emergency funds for Hurricane Sandy victims. Emergency spending bills should not be a vehicle for pet projects or even important programs. Those types of spending requests should be considered separately.
"Congress should wait and see how the already allocated $9.7 billion is spent before going back to the American taxpayers for additional funds."