Barton voted against aid for Harvey victims; here’s the Congressman’s excuse Share:Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Posted in Ellis County, Headline on September 10, 2017 by Staff Report Congressman Joe Barton.WASHINGTON D.C. — Rep. Joe Barton released the following statement after voting against the Senate Amendment to House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 601: Hurricane Supplemental, Debt Limit, Continuing Appropriations, and Flood Insurance Package."Earlier this week, I voted for an emergency relief package for victims of Hurricane Harvey. That package went to the Senate, where it was attached to a much larger public debt ceiling extension."Today, when the hurricane relief-debt ceiling increase bill came back from the Senate, I voted no. I am not against voting for relief programs to help hurricane victims, but I am against raising the public debt ceiling without a plan to reduce deficits in the short term, and eliminate them in the long term. The money we vote to spend today will have to be paid back by our children and grandchildren. We have yet again missed an opportunity for substantial reforms and reduced spending."The debt ceiling extension runs until the middle of December. Between now and then, I am going to work to craft a package of budget reforms with the goal of balancing the federal budget, so we do not continue to raise the public debt ceiling." You may also be interested in readingPresident finally orders flags at half-staff to honor Chattanooga victimsTexas Republican delegation endorses Chairman Paul Ryan for Speaker after demands madeCosts for housing one immigrant child for 21 days to rival raising one U.S. child for entire yearBarton speaks out against sanctuary cities after bill passageLetter: Federal overreachRep. Barton supports bill to protect unbornDecorated military officer announces candidacy against Joe Barton in TX-6Reps. Barton and Cuellar achieved lifting ban on crude oil exportsRed Oak man sentenced to 20 years for Assault on a Public ServantFirst public hearing on proposed county budget to be held Monday ← Constable Jones arrested again You must log in to post a comment.