nearvideo Senate approved $ 19 billion in disaster aid package
The measure includes money for Puerto Rico, southern States suffer from the last fall the hurricanes, Midwestern States inundated with spring floods and a fire-ravaged rural California.
The Senate on Thursday afternoon approved a $19 billion-disaster to help the relief bill, several Federal States and in Puerto Rico recover from hurricanes, floods and forest fires — after President Trump backed out of his demand that the border security money will be added to the package.
The legislature overwhelmingly passed the action with an 85-8 vote, eight Republicans opposed. The Congress is expected to pass the bill, before leaving for his week-long break before the Memorial Day.
“We expect that the bill will pass in the house and the President, despite his protestations, the bill signed,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, said.
He added that President Trump is an intervention in the negotiations was partly responsible for the bill in default.
HOUSE $19B DISASTER AID BILL PASSES ON TRUMP OPPOSITION
Grain storage bins are available in high water from the Missouri River, in Hamburg, Iowa, on 10. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, file)
“Every time the President, however, things are a mess,” he said.
Trump said he would sign the measure, while promising that the money he wants for the border security will soon be over.
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said he spoke with Trump about the lack of emergency funds to address the migrant surge at the U.S.-Mexico border.
“I had a nice conversation with the President,” said Shelby. “The President said, OK.”
The legislation is of vital importance for the States not yet recovered from the devastating hurricanes in the past two years, and epic floods that drenched, Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri. It would be more than $destroyed 600 million in food assistance and $304 million euros in aid to Puerto Rico, on the ground was due to the hurricane Maria in the year 2017.
Disaster aid packages are almost always bipartisan, but the bill was held for months over failed negotiations over safe limits and financing for Puerto Rico, the trump.
“We got everything we wanted for Puerto Rico,” Schumer said.
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Trump had asked for $ 4.5 billion to address the influx of migrants from Central America into the United States coming. Shelby said lawmakers push to Fund for a separate bid limit would help.
The bill would also disaster assistance for farmers and various infrastructure projects to reduce the risks of flooding and hurricanes, and development grants for rural communities.
Fox News’ Doug McKelway and Chad Pergram contributed to this report.