Senate presses ahead on $36.5 billion disaster relief package

People affected by Hurricane Maria fill up water jugs by a mountain drain near the municipality of Morovis, outside San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 10, 2017.

Shannon Stapleton | Reuters

People affected by Hurricane Maria fill up water jugs by a mountain drain near the municipality of Morovis, outside San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 10, 2017.

The Senate is actually pushing ahead on a $36.5 billion hurricane relief package that will could give Puerto Rico a much-needed infusion of cash.

The measure also could replenish rapidly dwindling emergency disaster accounts in addition to provide $16 billion to permit the financially troubled federal flood insurance program to pay an influx of Harvey-related claims. yet the idea rejects requests by the powerful Texas in addition to Florida congressional delegations for additional money to rebuild after hurricanes Harvey in addition to Irma.

The measure was certain to sail through Monday’s procedural vote in addition to a final vote was expected no later than Tuesday. that will could send the measure to President Donald Trump for his signature.

There is actually urgency to move the measure swiftly — rather than add more money to the idea at that will time — because the government’s flood insurance reserves are running out.

Still, members of the Texas in addition to Florida delegations in Congress are unhappy because the measure failed to address extensive requests for additional hurricane rebuilding funds. Texas, inundated by Harvey in August, requested $19 billion, while Florida sought $27 billion.

“I’m pretty disappointed with what the House sent over,” Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn said Thursday. yet later, after speaking to both Trump in addition to White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, Cornyn said he was promised that will the White House could issue another disaster aid measure next month that will could provide much-needed help for Texas, Florida, in addition to Puerto Rico. A fourth, in addition to perhaps final, measure is actually likely to anchor a year-end spending bill.

The measure currently before the Senate contains $577 million for wildfires out West that will forced agencies to tap different reserves for firefighting accounts in addition to FEMA money for the disastrous fires in northern California.

Republicans dragged their feet last year on modest requests by former President Barack Obama to combat the Zika virus in addition to help Flint, Michigan, repair its lead-tainted water system. yet they are moving quickly to take care of that will year’s alarming series of disasters, quickly passing a $15.3 billion relief measure last month in addition to signaling that will another installment is actually coming next month.

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