Why invoke Clinton? President Clinton himself used offsets several times during his presidency for disaster relief:
- May, 1999 - Clinton enacted legislation that included emergency spending for farm disasters and “unmet” disaster needs from prior natural disasters and $2 billion in offsets.
- May, 1998 - Clinton enacted legislation that included disaster relief for tornadoes, flooding, and ice storms and $2.5 billion in offsets.
- June, 1997 - Clinton offset disaster relief for the flooding in the Red River of the North, Minnesota River and tributaries.
- July, 1995 - Clinton offset emergency funds for disaster assistance including the recovery from the Oklahoma City Federal building bombing.
This doesn't represent a policy change on the part of Republicans, it represents a consistent, pay-as-you-go federal funding policy - something missing from Washington for far too long.