U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis, a Wyoming Republican, spoke out Tuesday on the floor of the House in support of an amendment to cut federal spending by 1.6 percent to pay the benefits for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Representative Lummis joined U.S. Representatives Mick Mulvaney and Jeff Duncan, Republicans from South Carolina and Tom McClintock, a California Republican, in offering an amendment to the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013. She explained her position.
Representative Lummis said in a statement the amendment would have offset the $17 billion cost of immediate Hurricane Sandy-related disaster assistance by trimming the 2013 budgets of federal agencies by 1.63 percent.
Ultimately, the amendment failed to pass the House by a vote of 162 to 258. Representative Lummis said because the funds were not responsibly offset by adopting the amendment, she voted against the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, which passed the House by a vote of 241 to 180.