Pointing Fingers After Relief Bill Fails 👉

Carlos Giusti / AP

Carlos Giusti / AP

Disaster relief bill stalls in Senate

On Monday, the Senate could not muster enough votes on a $13.5 billion disaster relief bill intended for recent flooding damage in the Midwest and hurricane damage in Puerto Rico. Both parties accused the other side of holding out on a yes vote for political purposes.

Why vote no?

Republicans who voted no on the bill cited President Trump’s opposition to what he considers “excessive” aid to Puerto Rico, as well as a lack of funding in the bill for Midwestern areas hit by tornadoes and flooding. Democrats objected to Senate Republicans’ alternative bill, which focused more on Midwestern relief, on the grounds that it provides insufficient funds to Puerto Rico.


Fox News: Dems playing politics with disaster relief funds for Midwest, Republicans say

Daily Caller: Democrats block $13.5 billion disaster relief because it didn’t include enough money for Puerto Rico

The right is more actively pointing fingers and placing the blame on Democrats for the failure to pass a disaster relief bill. They place more emphasis on the importance of relief funding in the continental United States, in areas such as the Midwest and Georgia.


NY Times: Impasse Over Aid for Puerto Rico Stalls Billions in Federal Disaster Relief

Washington Post: Massive disaster relief bill stalls in Senate over Puerto Rico dispute

The left is choosing to go more in-depth into the reason the bills were not successful. They also highlight Trump’s most recent Twitter commentary, in which he disparages the government in Puerto Rico and their ability to use relief funds efficiently.

Where’s the common ground?

Publications on both sides tend to agree that it would be best to put partisanship aside in order to pass a bill to help recovery efforts from natural disasters. Senators from both parties want what’s best for their constituents. However, Puerto Rico’s sole representative in Congress cannot vote, which brings up larger questions of representation of US territories.




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