The US House Friday voted to okay $9.7 billion to help pay flood insurance claims to homeowners, renters, and businesses damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
The vote was overwhelming.
Bu 67 Republicans voted no.
Among them were Kentucky Congressmen Andy Barr and Thomas Massie.
In a statement, Barr told ABC 36 he didn't vote for the bill because Congress wasn't cutting other spending to pay for it.
The statement says, “As I have traveled the Sixth District, people have consistently asked me to bring common sense to Washington, and pay for what we spend. I strongly support getting immediate federal relief to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. But Congress should be willing to work harder to get our job done in a fiscally responsible manner. We should have stayed here as late as necessary to offset the emergency appropriations with an equal amount of savings.”