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Matt Gaetz Votes No On Relief Money As Florida Grapples With Hurricane Ian Aftermath


Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), a Florida native and lawmaker, voted against a measure to open the Federal Emergency Management Agency as much as thousands and thousands of dollars in disaster relief.

Gaetz was one in every of several House Republicans on Friday who voted against a resolution to permit FEMA to make use of as much as $15 million within the Disaster Relief Fund, Newsweek reported.

The bill eventually passed in each the House in addition to the Senate and it awaits President Joe Biden’s approval.

The vote is available in the identical week that Hurricane Ian killed dozens of Florida residents, flooded communities and destroyed homes and businesses.

Gaetz and other GOP lawmakers added their names to a letter that said they’d “do what’s crucial” to stop funding the Biden Administration, in accordance with the news site.

“Any laws that sets the stage for a ‘lame duck’ fight on government funding gives Democrats one final opportunity to pass that agenda,” the letter said.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) walks down the House steps on Friday, September 30, 2022.

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Gaetz is not any stranger to voting against hurricane relief because the lawmaker didn’t vote in favor of a $15 billion relief package as Hurricane Irma – where at the very least 92 people died within the contiguous United States – approached Florida in 2017, the Miami Herald reported.

Gaetz did, nevertheless, pass a separate $7.5 billion hurricane relief bill earlier that week.

The $15 billion package was linked to a deal between Democrats and former President Donald Trump to lift the debt ceiling and fund the federal government until December 2017.

“Only Congress can discover a strategy to turn a natural disaster right into a trillion latest dollars in spending authority,” Gaetz said on the time of the $15 billion package.

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