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President Clinton Puts Politics Over People On Flood Relief Legislation

(Mr. CHABOT asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)

Rep. Steven J. Chabot

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Mr. Speaker, yesterday President Clinton sent a callous message to the flood-ravaged American families in the Midwest. Only minutes after receiving the disaster relief bill from Capitol Hill, the President who likes to say that he feels our pain told thousands of flood victims that he was going to veto the bill that would help them rebuild their homes and get on with their lives.

Why did President Clinton veto the legislation? Because the bill contained a provision that would stop him from forcing another Government shutdown. Let me repeat that. The President is withholding aid to thousands of flood victims so that he can reserve the right to once again put thousands and thousands of government employees out of work and bring the work of the Federal Government to a halt.

Despite the fact that the President is a master at spin, Mr. Speaker, I do not think he is going to be able to spin this one much. The American people are going to see through this. It is politics at its worst. Let us get the disaster relief to the people who truly need it.