Pennsylvania’s delegation voted on the aid package by the same margin they voted on one of the last major aid packages, Hurricane Sandy.
In the Senate, Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey split their votes on both bills, with Casey voting in favor of both bills and Toomey voting against both bills.
In the House, Congressmen Scott Perry (R-York) and Keith Rothfus (R-Allegheny) are the only two members of Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation to vote against both the Sandy and the Harvey aid packages.
For the Harvey aid bill, both Toomey and Rothfus took issue with the inclusion of an increase to the debt ceiling and a spending plan to keep the federal government running through December.
“Unfortunately, the agreement reached by Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and President Trump attaches hurricane relief funds to yet another suspension of the debt limit without any spending or budgetary reforms despite our national debt approaching $20 trillion,” Toomey said after the Senate vote.
“The Senate failed to pass this clean legislation and instead added a debt ceiling increase and a short term spending bill that not only adds hundreds of billions of unpaid-for spending, but also continues to harm our nation’s defenses,” Rothfus said in a statement.