Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said it was wrong for Texas Republicans and other GOP lawmakers to vote against last week's hurricane relief bill just because it included language to suspend the debt ceiling.
"When I had people dying and hurting in my home state, it was my duty and moral obligation to help them," he said on MSNBC Monday.
"And I felt that that vote was a vote on conscience to help people in my state and also now in Florida," he added. "I think that's what Americans do, and I think it's unconscionable to vote against something like that."
Texas Republicans Joe Barton, Jeb Hensarling, Sam Johnson, and Mac Thornberry all voted against the $15.25 billion hurricane relief bill, which also suspended the debt ceiling through Dec. 8.
Conservative Republicans have pushed for spending restraints when bills to raise the nation's borrowing limit have come up, and the bill that passed Congress last week did nothing to restrain spending.
Last week's bill was aimed at quickly getting out relief money to victims of Hurricane Harvey, but McCaul said another spending bill will likely be needed to continue helping people in Texas, but also to help victims of Hurricane Irma in Florida.
"We will have another supplemental," he said. "That was just a down payments to keep the disaster relief fund afloat."
"We're going to have a larger supplemental, I think, in the next few weeks to pay for this," McCaul said.