INTRODUCTION: This passage mainly describes a record-breaking rain in Britain. Prime Minister David promised that money is no object in the flood response, but in the mean time, hundreds of environment agency workers who respond to the floods were laid off. According to this, Labour leader Ed Miliband suspected that there is not enough money in fact. BTW Shapiro is the NPR correspondent.
ED MILIBAND: If money is no object as he said, is he committing now to reconsider these redundancies?
SHAPIRO:Cameron would not make that commitment. He said the U.K. is spending record amounts on flood prevention, and that's only possible because the government has made other tough choices on spending.
What's the meaning of record amounts? Does it mean the amounts are on record or the amounts are the highest in history?
Does the word only is relevant to because? I know a phrase called only because, meaning something happens or possible for a particular reason**. But the word possible in the middle of the two words make me suspect that the word only is not relevant to because but to possible. In other words, is there any phrase like only possible without because following it?