Congress Reaches Deal on Disaster Relief After Six-Month Fight

May 23, 2019 01:08 PM
 
Lawmakers said they agreed to a $19.1 billion disaster-aid bill after months of disagreement and that President Donald Trump said he will sign it.

(Bloomberg) -- Lawmakers said they agreed to a $19.1 billion disaster-aid bill after months of disagreement and that President Donald Trump said he will sign it.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby called the agreement a "good deal." He added, "the president said OK" and said House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey, a Democrat, also supports it.

The Senate may vote on the measure as soon as Thursday.

The plan would provide relief for areas hit by Midwest floods, Hurricanes Florence and Michael, and California wildfires. It includes $900 million for Puerto Rico, Shelby said.

For months the major obstacle to passing the measure was Trump’s opposition to providing aid to Puerto Rico. In April, Trump told Senate Republicans that Puerto Rico squandered previous disaster assistance and should receive no more. He argued that the island is using funds to pay off its debts, a charge that Puerto Rican officials deny.

The agreement omits Trump’s demand for funds to address the rising number of migrants reaching the U.S. border with Mexico.

 

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Steve
Olton , TX
5/23/2019 07:38 PM
 

  I tend to agree with Curt. A whole lot of folks repeat the same thing that caused their loss year after year. Like building their house in a flood zone & not paying for flood insurance. The rest of us should not pay for their stupid.

 
 
Curt
Greensburg, IN
5/23/2019 02:49 PM
 

  Great! Our wise, noble, caring politicians just decided to give a bunch of other peoples money away to compensate disaster victims that have or should of had private insurance to compensate for their lost. I bought and paid for my own stored grain insurance and now I and all other taxpayers have to pay some disaster relief payment to those that didn't. I and other taxpayers have to pay the Puerto Ricans to rebuild whatever they lost in a hurricane. Why should a taxpaying beef farmer in Wyoming or a taxpaying school teacher from Idaho have to pay to compensate me or any other farmer for grain I lost in a flood, or a Puerto Rican to rebuild his house. I'll tell you why.... So the politicians can increase their chance to be re-elected. Where does it end? It doesn't!!!

 
 

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