New Congressman Andy Barr Votes ‘No’ On Sandy Relief Bill

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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.

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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.”