Disaster aid clears House

On Monday the House finally approved the disaster aid package that had been blocked on three different occasions in the last few days. The disaster relief package provides $3 billion in critical disaster relief funding for farmers recovering from Hurricane Michael. This legislation passed the U.S. Senate last month and is headed to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

9th District Congressman Doug Collins issued the following statement:

“While I am glad farmers in South Georgia will finally receive the critical funding needed to begin to rebuild their lives, it is absolutely unacceptable it has taken Congress this long to pass disaster relief. Hurricane Michael completely devastated millions of families, countless businesses and multiple military bases throughout the southeast, and it’s sad that partisan politics got in the way of providing quick relief to those in desperate need of help.”

Senator David Perdue writing an op-ed for The Hill expressed these thoughts:

“Finally, the U.S. Senate and House are sending a bipartisan disaster relief package to President Trump’s desk. This is a huge win for Americans who were devastated by floods, wildfires, and historic hurricanes across 12 states, Puerto Rico, and the Mariana Islands. However, the fact that it took 237 days for Congress to pass a disaster relief bill after Hurricane Michael is beyond embarrassing. Going forward, Congress must leave politics out of disaster relief and move swiftly to provide assistance in a timely manner. When disaster strikes, time is of the essence, and the American people need to know we have their backs.”

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Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Perdue: “Despite Democrats pushing for poison pill proposals, President Trump was able to break through the gridlock, and the House and Senate found consensus on a bipartisan disaster relief package on May 23.”

Yeah, only Trump could get ‘er done.

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

Wasn’t this delayed an extra week because Freedom Caucus Republicans refused to give unanimous consent?

Plus, the “poison pill proposals” Democrats were pushing consisted of guarantees Puerto Rico would get disaster funding it had already been promised and funding that it’s in need of. Trump was the one who refused to support anything that didn’t have wall funding in it and it was Trump’s administration who went on TV and acted like folks living in Puerto Rico aren’t also American citizens.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Freedom Caucus members delayed it much longer than a week.

Benevolus
Benevolus

58 votes against.
All R’s.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Until its their constituency, a la Ted Cruz. Then it’s been earned and deserved. That’s how they roll.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Funding was in the 2019 budget 6 months ago. The one Trump forced the government to shutdown over. It was removed by negotiation of both Republican and Democrats to pass a budget. Maybe Perdue should ask why the Republican members of the negotiation team let it get removed…

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

that was more than two weeks ago and thus doesn’t matter to Perdue’s base.