What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : Reforming federal disaster loans to small business (H.R. 1361)/Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) amendment to remove language allowing duplicate benefits for the victims of the 2005 hurricanes (2007 house Roll Call 222)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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Reforming federal disaster loans to small business (H.R. 1361)/Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) amendment to remove language allowing duplicate benefits for the victims of the 2005 hurricanes
house Roll Call 222     Apr 18, 2007
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This vote was on an amendment to legislation aiming to reform the Small Business Administration's (SBA) disaster loan program, which was widely critiqued for ineffectiveness and delays following the 2005 hurricanes to hit the Gulf Coast. Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) proposed an amendment that would have removed the section of the bill allowing for the duplication of benefits for the 2005 hurricane victims.

The language Chabot wanted to excise would have given the SBA authority to waive the existing prohibition on duplicate benefits in the case of victims of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma who were not fully compensated for damages to their homes from other sources.

Chabot said the provision was wasteful as it would allow "a person to be compensated for the same damage twice."

Democrats pointed out that the language was originally inserted in the legislation to correct a problem that occurred with federal assistance following the 2005 storms. Some individuals received federal grants through state-run programs such as the Road Home program in Louisiana, but because the SBA requires recipients to repay disaster loans when they receive other benefits, Democrats said many recipients of the SBA loans had to use their Road Home or other grants to repay the loans, leaving them strapped.

Democrats were unanimous in their opposition to Chabot's amendment, and 17 Republicans joined them in opposing it. Thus, on a vote of 178 to 246, the House rejected an amendment that would have prohibited victims of the 2005 hurricanes from receiving duplicate benefits that were designed to compensate for an unforeseen interaction with federal and state programs. Legislation aimed at reforming the federal disaster loan program for small businesses went forward without the provision.

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