The Senate on Thursday afternoon accepted a $19 billion disaster-relief invoice to assist a number of states and Puerto Rico recuperate from hurricanes, floods and wildfires — after President Trump backed off from his demand that border safety cash be added to the package deal.
Lawmakers overwhelmingly handed the measure with an 85-Eight vote; eight Republicans opposed it. Congress is predicted to go the invoice earlier than leaving for its weeklong recess forward of Memorial Day.
“We anticipate the invoice will go the Home, and the president, regardless of his protestations, will signal the invoice,” Senate Minority Chief Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., stated.
He added that President Trump’s intervention in negotiations was partly guilty for the invoice’s delay.
HOUSE PASSES $19B DISASTER AID BILL OVER TRUMP OPPOSITION
Grain bins stand in floodwaters from the Missouri River, in Hamburg, Iowa, on Could 10. (AP Picture/Nati Harnik, File)
“Every time the president messes in, issues get tousled,” he stated.
Trump stated he would signal the measure whereas promising that the cash he needs for border safety will go quickly. He tweeted Thursday evening: “The U.S. Senate has simply accepted a 19 Billion Greenback Catastrophe Reduction Invoice, with my whole approval. Nice!”
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., stated he spoke with Trump in regards to the lack of emergency funds to handle the migrant surge on the U.S.-Mexico border.
“I had a pleasant dialog with the president,” Shelby stated. “The president stated OK.”
The laws is essential to states nonetheless reeling from devastating hurricanes over the previous two years and epic flooding that drenched Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri. It could present over $600 million in vitamin help and $304 million in assist for Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in 2017.
Catastrophe assist packages are virtually all the time bipartisan, however the invoice was held up for months over failed negotiations over border safety and funding for Puerto Rico, which Trump opposed.
“We received all we wished for Puerto Rico,” Schumer stated.
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Trump had requested $four.5 billion to handle the inflow of migrants from Central America coming into the United States. Shelby stated lawmakers would push for a separate deal to fund border assist.
The invoice additionally would supply catastrophe aid for farmers and varied infrastructure tasks to scale back the dangers of floods and hurricanes and growth grants for rural communities.
Fox Information’ Doug McKelway and Chad Pergram contributed to this report.