House leadership—and a big chunk of Republicans, clearly—hope that this will kick-start the Senate into finally passing disaster relief that’s been opposed by Trump. The original House bill was sent over to the Senate in January, and Trump’s insistence that Puerto Rico be cut out of it has stymied the legislation.
The bill would provide nearly $18 billion in aid to states recovering from hurricanes, floods, wildfires, tornadoes, and other disasters. That includes a lot of midwestern states with Republican representatives who have been hit hard by flooding this spring. Like in Nebraska, where Rep. Adrian Smith needs help. “The impact of this storm continues to be felt across our state.” Even Rep. Steve King from Iowa, yes, THAT Steve King, voted for the bill.
Now it’s up to those 34 House Republicans to get some of their Senate colleagues on board.