Senate Reaches Deal On Disaster Aid Package As Trump Pivots To Support It
Added 05-23-19 04:06:02pm EST - “The deal does not include any funding for any border-related programs, which had been sought by the White House. But Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said President Trump would sign the legislation.” - Npr.org
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A Sapp Bros. gas station in Percival, Iowa, stands in floodwaters from the Missouri River on May 10. Lawmakers have reached a deal on disaster aid that they say President Trump will sign. Nati Harnik/AP hide caption
A Sapp Bros. gas station in Percival, Iowa, stands in floodwaters from the Missouri River on May 10. Lawmakers have reached a deal on disaster aid that they say President Trump will sign.
Senate negotiators reached a deal Thursday on a $19.1 billion disaster aid package that includes money for states impacted by flooding, recent hurricanes and tornadoes, as well as money for communities rebuilding after wildfires.
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., announced the deal after months of negotiations.
The bill also includes funding for Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from devastating hurricanes in 2017. The president had previously resisted sending additional money to Puerto Rico, a stance that derailed talks on disaster funding in April.
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