Hurricane Sandy Aid: Members voted 241-180 to appropriate $50.5 billion in disaster aid, most of which would provide immediate and long-term help for areas of Connecticut, New Jersey and New York devastated by Hurricane Sandy nearly three months ago. The outlay is defined as emergency aid and thus would be deficit spending. A yes vote was to send HR 152 to the Senate.
Frank LoBiondo, R-2: YES
Jon Runyan, R-3: YES
Disaster-Aid Offset: Members refused, 162-258, to cut military, domestic and foreign-affairs spending by 1.63 percent across-the-board in the remainder of 2013 to offset approximately one-third of the $50.5 billion Hurricane Sandy relief package (HR 152, above). This vote left the entire bill as deficit spending. A yes vote was to cut virtually all categories of nonentitlement spending.
National Weather Service: Members refused, 206-214, to strip HR 152 (above) of $13 million for advancing a National Weather Service project that will use satellite and radar data to instantly improve the accuracy of storm warnings and weather forecasts. A yes vote backed the amendment on grounds the $13 million does not qualify as emergency spending.
Legal Services Corporation: Members refused, 202-217, to strip HR 152 (above) of $1 million that would boost Legal Services Corporation resources for helping low-income persons deal with legal problems arising Hurricane Sandy. The LSC is a federally funded nonprofit corporation. A yes vote opposed the $1 million on grounds it does not qualify as emergency spending.
Source: Voterama in Congress