UPDATED 12:56 PM PT — Friday, May 10, 2019
A supplemental disaster relief package has passed a House vote despite push-back from Republicans and President Trump. Democrats passed the $17.2 billion package with some GOP support Friday, however, a majority of House Republicans spoke out against the bill.
This comes after President Trump urged Republicans to vote against the bill, saying it included too much money for Puerto Rico. Republicans who spoke out against the bill said they wouldn’t back it without a supplemental funding amendment to address the southern border crisis.
“The supplemental was $4.5 billion of additional money that’s needed to help with this crisis at the border,” stated House Minority Whip Steve Scalise. “I know some on the other side are in denial about the crisis, but it’s real.”
Passage of the relief package looks to extend the National Flood Insurance Program through the end of September, which will provide aid to Puerto Rico and U.S. states that were hit by flooding and other natural disasters.
The bill now heads to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would like to see a measure pass before Memorial Day.