The Senate approves a $ 19 billion disaster relief deal after Trump has withdrawn from asking for border security money
The Senate approved a $ 19 billion disaster relief bill on Thursday afternoon to help several states and Puerto Rico recover from hurricanes, floods and forest fires after President Trump withdrew his call for border security funds would have.
Legislators passed the measure by an overwhelming majority with 85-8 votes. eight republicans opposed it. Congress is expected to pass the law before leaving for its one-week break before Memorial Day.
"We expect the bill to be passed to the House of Representatives, and the president will sign it despite his protests," said Chuck Schumer, chairman of the Senate Minority, DN.Y.
He added that President Trump's intervention in the negotiations was partly to blame for the delay in the bill (AP Photo / Nati Harnik, File). "/>
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"Every time the president comes in, there's a mess," he said.
Trump said he will sign the measure while promising that the money he wants for border security will soon expire.
Senate Appropriation Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., Said he spoke with Trump about the lack of emergency funding to address the migration wave on the US-Mexico border.
"The president said OK." It would provide more than $ 600 million in food aid and $ 304 million in aid to Puerto Rico, which Hurricane Maria destroyed in 2017. Border security and financing for Puerto Rico, which Trump spoke out against.
"We have everything we wanted for Puerto Rico," said Schumer.
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Trump had requested $ 4.5 billion to fight the influx of migrants from Central America to the United States. According to Shelby, the legislature will demand a separate agreement to finance the border assistance.
The bill also provides disaster relief to farmers and various infrastructure projects to reduce the risk of floods and hurricanes.
] Doug McKelway and Chad Pergram of Fox News have contributed to this report.