58-House Republicans Vote Against Disaster Relief For Affected Americans

"Heavy rain coupled with melting snow has caused record level flooding in the midwest. A significant amount of impacted areas include farmland, which has lead to destroyed crops and livestock deaths." (CBS News)Screengrab/CBS News/YouTube

The 58 lawmakers cited concerns over the national debt and lack of border wall funding in opposing the measure.

Nearly five dozen House Republicans voted against a $19.1 billion disaster relief package on Monday, due to its impact on the national debt and the exclusion of border wall funding, according to The Hill.

The legislation will be sent to President Donald Trump to sign despite the 58 lawmakers’ protest votes after it cleared the House of Representatives 354-58.

The bill will provide “funding to recovery efforts in areas affected by wildfires, hurricanes and flooding as well as block grants and nutrition assistance for Puerto Rico,” The Hill said.

Members of Congress who cast votes against the measure were joined by conservative groups Club for Growth and FreedomWorks in their opposition to the bill.

In a Monday post to FreedomWorks’ website, Adam Brandon argued against passing the measure, urging constituents to contact their representatives and ask them to vote no.

“The bill is simply nothing that any Republican should support. It appropriates too much money; more money than last month’s previously-passed versions of the legislation which 150 Republicans voted against,” Brandon wrote. “When there is already more than $29 billion of disaster relief money still unspent and our nation is more than $22 trillion in debt, the last thing we need to be doing is appropriating money that we don’t have, to causes that we don’t fully or at all understand, in an unlimited and reckless manner.”

The measure passed the Senate by a vote of 85-8 and Trump indicated his approval of the bill, despite the lack of border wall funding.

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