Freedom Caucus chair: Disaster funding doesn't need budget offsets

Freedom Caucus chair: Disaster funding doesn't need budget offsets
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Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chair of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, says he will not demand that costs of disaster relief in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey be offset by spending cuts.
 
“It is not our position that disaster relief funding needs to be offset elsewhere," Meadows spokesman Ben Williamson said. Meadows would, however, oppose attempts to add non-disaster-related funding to a bill.
 
The Freedom Caucus has not taken an official position on the relief efforts.
 
Meadows's position is a turnaround from 2013, when he opposed two bills providing disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
 
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Texas lawmakers who opposed one or both of the Sandy relief bills have been called out by Republican colleagues for changing their tune on disaster funding in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey.
 
Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.), for example, tweeted out a statement to Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea GOP state lawmakers meet to plan possible constitutional convention MORE (R), who had opposed one of the relief efforts because, he claimed, it was full of pork-barrel spending.
 
The Republican Study Committee, the largest conservative caucus in the House, in the past has opposed spending bills that are not offset, but has yet to take a position on a relief bill for Harvey.
 
One GOP aide floated the possibility that money to offset the package could be borrowed from the $203 billion in mandatory spending cuts included in the House Budget Resolution.