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Indiana GOP Senate Hopefuls Opposed Harvey Aid Package

Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Brownsburg), left, and Rep. Luke Messer (R-Shelbyville).

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Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Brownsburg), left, and Rep. Luke Messer (R-Shelbyville).

The two Republican Indiana congressmen running for the Senate say they voted against a $15 billion disaster aid package supported by President Donald Trump because it allows too much deficit spending.

Reps. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita were in the minority of Friday’s 316-90 House vote. Republicans cast all the “no” votes against the plan, which also increases the federal debt limit.

Indiana’s House delegation voted 5-4 against the measure, while both Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly and Republican Sen. Todd Young supported it during Thursday’s Senate vote.

Messer says the package “piles on” spending with no effort toward balancing the budget. Rokita called the spending reckless and says Trump was forced into the deal out of frustration with congressional Republicans.

They are seeking to challenge Donnelly in next year’s election.

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  • S. Clemens

    You’ve got to be kidding. I hope we never have another Palm Sunday tornado outbreak.

  • dave.lefevre

    Todd is my Rep but he sure doesn’t represent me. I am really, really ashamed for my district.

  • lastcamp2

    Hard to pick between these two. One is a closet fascist, and the other is openly fascist. That puts your Republican voter in a hard choice.

  • bengal tiger

    Watch these two. They are ‘deficit hawks’ regarding Harvey spending BUT I bet they will run away fast from that stance when they vote for their Messiah’s ‘beautiful’ tax cut legislation that will explode the deficit.

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