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All of that will be added to the fiscal 2013 deficit, almost certainly guaranteeing a trillion-dollar deficit for the fifth straight year.
Most House lawmakers said disaster spending is a special case. It is one-time funding and it represents a century-old consensus that areas struck by acts of God can count on the help of the rest of the country.
“Let us do our part to honor the social compact we have with the American people,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told her colleagues before the vote.
But conservatives argued that just forces the tough decisions into the future.
Taxpayer watchdogs also said the bill creates bad precedent by relaxing cost-sharing requirements between localities and the federal government.
Mr. Mulvaney said even though he lost his bid for offsets, he was happy to get more than 160 votes, saying it means “it’s now safe” to talk about offsets. He pointed to a previous disaster relief fight in the last Congress, when Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia proposed finding offsets for a spending bill and was blasted for the suggestion.
“Now I think we can talk about it again in reasoned and dispassionate ways,” Mr. Mulvaney said. “I’m not against these folks getting this money, I hope that became clear. All I want to do is talk about whether or not it was so important that we would actually pay for it ourselves, and that’s a reasonable discussion this body can have without tearing itself apart.”
But the delegations from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut took the debate personally, saying that after years of paying for relief for hurricanes and earthquakes across the rest of the country, it was their turn to get paid.
Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo, New Jersey Republican, thundered that those who voted against the spending were “changing the rules for hundreds of thousands of people in the middle of the game.”
“Shame on you,” he said. “What does the misery index have to get to for our constituents?”
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