Grothman votes for Harvey relief, debt bill; Gallagher votes no
(WLUK) -- Northeast Wisconsin's two members of the House of Representatives -- both Republicans -- cast different votes on a Hurricane Harvey relief bill that also included emergency legislation to a temporary increase in America's borrowing authority.
Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-6th District, voted for the bill. He released this statement:
Today, I supported President Trump and voted for a bill that provides disaster relief funds, funds the government and raises the debt ceiling for the next three months.
At this point in time, it's important we keep the federal government up and running to continue relief funding to Houston and prepare for the impact of Hurricane Irma in Florida and the Southeast.
Congress will take up the debt ceiling and government funding debate again in December. When we do, it's important we take serious action on cutting government spending and reducing the deficit.
Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-8th District, voted against the bill, however. Here's how he explained his vote:
Continuing resolutions are bad process and bad policy. Despite repeated warnings from every corner, Congress has repeatedly failed to fulfill one of its most basic functions. Since 2010 our government has operated for over one thousand days on autopilot, without a proper funding process. This is ridiculous and I hope Congress does better in December.
Some Republicans in Congress were upset with the plan, saying the nation's spending is out of control, and that President Donald Trump sought support from Democrats to provide the disaster aid and a three-month extension of the government's authority to borrow more money.
Trump signed the $15.3 billion bill Friday afternoon.