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Rep. Walker: Pay for Hurricane Aid With Spending Cuts

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By    |   Thursday, 12 Oct 2017 09:25 AM

Congress should be budgeting for natural disasters instead of governing by crisis, and part of that fiscal prudence means offsetting billions in aid with spending cuts, conservative lawmaker Mark Walker wrote in a column for The Wall Street Journal.

"Congress should pay for these emergency packages by cutting spending in other areas that are less of a priority. Hurricane aid shouldn't be added to the debt. The bottom line is that even during an emergency Washington needs to pay its bills," Walker writes in the WSJ.

While Walker, R-NC, believes the government should be there for its people in the aftermath of natural disasters, he writes monies should already be budgeted for the days we know are coming, and politics has no place in emergency aid spending.

"It is only a matter of time before the U.S. faces the next catastrophe. But for some reason, the government does not budget with this in mind," wrote Walker, head of the Republican Study Conference.

"Instead Congress waits for a crisis to happen and then hurries to pass an aid package afterward. Congress should plan for worst-case scenarios to avoid last-minute scrambling. Governing by crisis is irresponsible, especially considering the national debt is already at $20 trillion," Walker wrote.

"The recent Harvey bill was packaged with an increase to the debt ceiling. It isn't right to play politics with hurricane aid when Americans are genuinely in need," Walker wrote.

"Critics may claim this call for fiscal responsibility is insensitive to disaster victims. But I have yet to talk with anyone in Congress who thinks that government should stand by idly during an emergency," Walker wrote. "But equally clear is lawmakers' obligation to future generations."

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