Rep. Palazzo Hopes For ‘Much-Needed National Discussion On Disaster Relief Reform’

Laura Chambers, a spokeswoman for Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS), provided TPM with a statement on Friday in which she elaborated on the second-term congressman’s opposition to the $9.7 billion relief package to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Palazzo was one of only 67 members of the House of Representatives — all Republicans — to vote against the legislation, despite representing a district that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Highlighting the representative’s desire for a bill with spending offsets, Chambers said Palazzo hopes the debate over aid to those affected by Sandy will spark a “national discussion on disaster relief reform.”

The statement:

“Congressman Palazzo fully supports a Sandy relief package that includes spending offsets.  On the heels of a fiscal cliff deal that added $4 trillion to our existing $16 trillion national debt, we must ensure that disaster relief is paid for.  He also hopes we will be able to have a much-needed national discussion on disaster relief reform in the coming days.”

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