Hill’s Statement on Hurricane Aid Bill
Congressman French Hill (AR-02) released the following statement after voting against House Resolution 504:
“I strongly support giving additional emergency aid to victims of Harvey and Irma, and I voted earlier this week to provide such assistance. However, when we sent the standalone aid bill to the Senate, it came back to the House with added spending and no budget or flood program reforms.
“While I am pleased to help those impacted by these horrific disasters, I believe raising the debt limit for three months without any reforms will only provide greater uncertainty in our financial markets, and, in turn, negatively affect Arkansas and American families. This bill provides no certainty for our military due to the continuing resolution now in place of our House-approved military budget passed July 27, 2017. Further, the Senate slipping in funding for the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), which has demonstrated a lack of accountability by losing millions of dollars allocated for victims of Katrina, is a mistake.
“I want to see structural budget reforms connected to an increase and extension of the federal debt ceiling, and I want to see House reforms to our failing federal flood insurance program included. As the new December deadline approaches, I look forward to working with President Trump and Congress to pass our appropriations measures to fund our military and government operations, as well as historic tax reform to benefit our American families and businesses and to create millions of new jobs.”