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By Rebecca Shabad and Frank Thorp V
WASHINGTON – The Senators signed a non-partisan agreement on Thursday by parts of the US after months of hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and forest fires were hit, more than $ 19 billion in disaster relief received negotiation.
Richard Shelby, chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, told reporters that an agreement had been reached.
The two said they had talked with President Donald Trump Thursday afternoon about the terms of the agreement, which did not include the $ 4.5 billion in frontier funds demanded by the White House and Republicans. According to Shelby, Trump has given his approval.
It is expected that the Senate will vote on Thursday afternoon on the measure before leaving Washington for a one-week break on Memorial Day. This happened after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Warned earlier in the day that the Upper Chamber would sit in session this week until they passed a disaster relief bill.
According to a breakdown of the bill from Shelby's Puerto Rico Office, devastated by Hurricane Maria in 2017, it would provide around $ 900 million. This money would be used for food aid and a community development grant, both of which were important democratic priorities.
The bill also includes a summary of Sen. Patrick Leahy's draft law, D-Vt., The senior member of the Senate Grants Committee, which requires the Trump government to hold nearly $ 9 billion in aid previously reserved to Puerto Rico provide.
] The financing of Puerto Rico had long been a sticking point in the negotiations, as Trump refused to give more aid to the territory. In April, he falsely claimed on Twitter that "Puerto Rico received $ 91 billion for the hurricane ," when the federal government provided only $ 40 billion to restore the island and most of it has not yet been reached.
"Puerto Rico has far more money than Texas and Florida together, but their government can not do anything right, the place is a mess – nothing works," Trump also tweeted in April .  Parliament would have to vote on the bill before sending it to Trump's desk. Legislators of the Parliament have already left for their break but could quickly vote unanimously.
"Since the first parliamentary vote on disaster relief in January 16, Congressional Democrats have been working to negotiate a disaster relief package that will help all Americans, including Puerto Rico," said Evan Hollander, Communications Director of the House Appropriations Committee , Nita Lowey, DN.Y. If the Senate passes the bill today, the House Democrats will help clear it through the house as soon as possible.