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Bipartisan lawmakers reach deal on disaster relief, shrugging off Trump's border money demands


Added 05-23-19 05:59:02pm EST - “Hours after Trump said Congress can't legislate and do oversight, Congress decided to legislate without him.” - Thinkprogress.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thinkprogress.org: “Bipartisan lawmakers reach deal on disaster relief, shrugging off Trump’s border money demands”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Congressional leaders agreed on Thursday to a $19.1 billion disaster relief bill, rebuffing President Donald Trump’s demand that the legislation include more funding for border security.

According to Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), chairman of the appropriations committee, Trump has agreed to sign the deal even though lawmakers took out all of his requested border money.

“I’m sure he wanted [the border funding], but we took it all out. We’re going to try and push that separately when we come back as needed,” he said, according to NBC News. “But we’re sticking with disaster now, that’s the way to pass the bill. The president has agreed to it.”

Trump charged on Wednesday, and again on Thursday, that the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives was doing nothing and was incapable of legislating while also conducting its constitutionally required oversight duty of investigating the president. He walked out of a scheduled bipartisan meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), promising not to do anything about the nation’s crumbling infrastructure until Congress stopped investigating him and his administration.

Puerto Rico has been given more money by Congress for Hurricane Disaster Relief, 91 Billion Dollars, than any State in the history of the U.S. As an example, Florida got $12 Billion & Texas $39 Billion for their monster hurricanes. Now the Democrats are saying NO Relief to……

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