Trump says “Farmers, Puerto Rico and all will be very happy” after Disaster Aid Bill Passes 354-58 in the House
The $19 billion disaster aid bill passed 354-58 votes in the House on Monday, and it is expected to be signed by President Trump despite Republican lawmakers’ attempt to block the bill three times.
“House just passed the 19.1 Billion Dollar Disaster Aid Bill. Great, now we will get it done in the Senate! Farmers, Puerto Rico and all will be very happy.” Said Trump on Monday night, via Twitter, but he has since deleted the tweet.
The bill is intended to help areas around the country who have been subject to damage from natural disasters, including hurricanes and flooding, over the past two years. Republican lawmakers, including Chip Roy of Texas who made headlines over the issue opposed the bill because it did not allocate any funds to aid the southern border.
“This is a bill that includes nothing to address the clear national emergency and humanitarian crisis we face at our southern border,” said Roy on May 24.
The White House initially was pressuring lawmakers to include funding in the bill to go towards emergency situations at the southern border. However, the allocation will await a future bill.
All 58 opposing votes were made by GOP lawmakers, many of whom face backlash from other Republicans who voted in favor of the bipartisan bill.