Trump claims Puerto Ricans 'take from USA,' criticizes hurricane relief funding

Trump claims Puerto Ricans 'take from USA,' criticizes hurricane relief funding

Trump claims Puerto Ricans 'take from USA,' criticizes hurricane relief funding

The GOP bill included funds only for Puerto Rico's nutritional assistance program, and not for other recovery-related aid that was part of a proposal passed by the Democratic-controlled House in January.

A fight between President Donald Trump and Democrats over hurricane relief for Puerto Rico is imperiling a widely backed disaster aid bill that's a top priority for some of the president's Southern GOP allies.

That sentiment crumbled this week when the Senate failed to advance two separate disaster funding bills. "It is the only bill on the table with any provision for the Midwest flooding", McConnell said.

TRUMP: "The pols are grossly incompetent, spend the money foolishly or corruptly, & only take from U.S." - tweet Tuesday.

Comparing money allocated after storms also needs to account for the severity of the storms, and how much damage they cause.

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According to Bloomberg, the $13.5 billion disaster aid bill included $600 million in nutrition assistance for Puerto Rico, but not the same funds authorized by the House for flood protection and electrical grid repairs. He insisted Puerto Rico "has received more money than any state or territory in history" for rebuilding endeavors following a natural disaster, which Jackson asserted was "not true" as she invoked the cost of recovery efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Puerto Rico's leaders pushed back against Trump on Twitter. "Puerto Rico got far more money than Texas & Florida combined, yet their government can't do anything right, the place is a mess - nothing works", he added in a follow-up tweet. They also argue that Trump administration officials have been slow to process requests for money that Congress already approved. Grassley said from the Senate floor Monday. He tweeted Tuesday that the island territory has benefited from $91 billion, a figure Democrats dispute. In 2018, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced plans to allocate almost $16 billion, including $8.3 billion earmarked for Puerto Rico, but the rules must be issued first, according to a senior Democratic aide. Yulin Cruz, now the co-chair of Bernie Sanders's presidential campaign and a candidate for governor of Puerto Rico, became one of his more vocal antagonists after Hurricane Maria, though she didn't restrict herself to criticism of the president. "They have mismanaged and misused that money".

"Stafford Act claims can be paid out for decades, and future claims are very hard to quantify", a House Appropriations Committee spokesperson told us.

Trump's $91 billion estimate, said a White House spokesman, includes about $50 billion in expected future disaster disbursements, along with $41 million that's already been approved. Democrats controlling the House have made it clear that the measure won't clear Congress for Trump's signature without additional money for Puerto Rico and badly needed Medicaid funding for the Northern Mariana Islands.

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