Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Rod Blum released the following statement about his vote for House Resolution 601:
“As the Representative of Iowa’s 1st District, which has seen devastating flooding over the last decade, I absolutely agree on the critical need for additional funding to assist in mitigating and recovering from the effects of natural disasters,” said Congressman Blum. “Though I voted in favor of disaster relief, this funding should have come from a standalone relief package with spending offsets targeting waste, fraud, and abuse in the federal government. I detest the status quo process we witnessed today: a backroom political deal that combined bills of totally different intent.”
Blum also added, “I voted ‘yes’ because those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma should not suffer because of the repeated failures of career politicians in Washington. For our nation to be in the fiscal position to afford vital funding for FEMA, flood walls, and hurricane recovery, we must take the hard but necessary steps to control our 20 trillion dollar debt that will be passed on to our children and grandchildren.”
Rod Blum is the Republican Congressman from Iowa’s 1st District.
He is a member of the Oversight and Small Business Committees and chair of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade.