Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) had offered an amendment to offset $17 billion of that aid through across-the-board cuts, but his amendment only got 157 Republican “yes” votes.
The Lee amendment is not expected to get the Democratic support it would need to pass, while the overall Sandy bill is expected to have enough votes.
For years, disaster spending has been treated as an emergency not requiring spending offsets. In the past, appropriators have loaded disaster bills up with pet projects that otherwise could not get funding. House GOP appropriators say the current bill is clean, however.