• Disaster Aid Package Signed for Distribution of Funds

    Disaster Aid Package Signed for Distribution of Funds0

    President Donald Trump signed the long-delayed $19.1 billion aid package late Thursday that will deliver recovery funding to communities across the country still grappling with lingering damage from hurricanes, wildfires and flooding disasters. The bill had been held up by partisan politics. Last week the House finally passed the bill after GOP lawmakers successfully blocked

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  • House Passes Long-Stalled Disaster Aid, Sends to President for Signature

    House Passes Long-Stalled Disaster Aid, Sends to President for Signature0

    The House finally passed a $19.1 billion disaster aid package Monday night, ending a long-delayed stalemate over recovery funding needed after a series of natural disasters over the past year, Roll Call reported. The package, which passed with bipartisan support, was approved by the Senate before the week-long Memorial Day recess, but then became stalled

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  • Capitol Hill Negotiators Near Deal on Disaster Relief Package

    Capitol Hill Negotiators Near Deal on Disaster Relief Package0

    Senate and House negotiators are nearing agreement on a long-delayed disaster relief package, CQ reported Monday. Several last-minute snags, including how to extend legal authority for the lapsed Violence Against Women Act were holding up the disaster and humanitarian aid before lawmakers leave town for the Memorial Day recess. Senate Republicans seek temporary renewal of VAWA programs through

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  • Wilson Again Calls for Immediate Disaster Repair Funding

    Wilson Again Calls for Immediate Disaster Repair Funding0

    Outgoing Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said Thursday that DOD needs Congress to move quickly to approve funding for ongoing disaster repairs from recent storm damage at military bases, Roll Call reported. A Senate disaster relief package, which includes a portion of needed repair funding for Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Camp Lejeune, N.C., and

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  • McConnell Presses Senate to Pass Disaster Aid Bill by Memorial Day Break

    McConnell Presses Senate to Pass Disaster Aid Bill by Memorial Day Break0

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called on the Senate Tuesday to pass a disaster aid package before the Memorial Day recess, Politico reported. “We need to get this done,” McConnell said at a late afternoon news conference. The stalled disaster aid package, which includes critical recovery funding for several military installations across the U.S.,

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  • Border Wall, Puerto Rico Funding Differences Slowing Disaster Aid Package

    Border Wall, Puerto Rico Funding Differences Slowing Disaster Aid Package0

    Agreement on a bipartisan disaster aid bill slowed Tuesday after the GOP-controlled Senate’s top appropriator said the administration and House are raising new objections, Roll Call reported. “I don’t know of a disaster aid bill in recent years that has been this protracted,” Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said. The ongoing disaster aid negotiations

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