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.
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 CruzHillicon Valley — Senate panel advances major antitrust bill Senate panel advances bill blocking tech giants from favoring own products Lawmakers press Biden admin to send more military aid to Ukraine MORE (R), who had opposed one of the relief efforts because, he claimed, it was full of pork-barrel spending.
Ted Cruz & Texas cohorts voted vs NY/NJ aid after Sandy but I'll vote 4 Harvey aid. NY wont abandon Texas. 1 bad turn doesnt deserve another— Rep. Pete King (@RepPeteKing) August 27, 2017
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.
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