WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today released the following statement after legislation that would borrow $6.9 billion dollars to finance a bill that included additional disaster aid as well as other budget wish list programs passed, 62-37. Johanns voted against the bill after an amendment he supported that would have fully paid for the bill failed to pass.
"Today's vote and this entire week have been very unfortunate for those waiting for Congress to take serious action to address the natural disasters that have occurred across the country in recent months," Johanns said. "Instead of voting on a responsible, paid-for package to address immediate needs, the Majority Leader presented a bill loaded with spending measures that never had a prayer of being brought up in the House of Representatives or signed into law. This is exactly why Americans are sick of Congress. I fully expect a more sensible and fiscally responsible approach to funding much-needed disaster assistance will be considered next week."