The US Congress after months of delays to finally pass $19.1 billion relief package to assist victims of wildfires, flooding, and hurricanes that have destroyed communities from Puerto Rico to California.
After a week-long break, the House of Representatives is back in the session, easily passed the measure and sent it to the US President, expected to sign into law.
The package will also fund the rural community assistance, infrastructure development, and disaster damage mitigation in the United States island territory of Puerto Rico, and other states like Florida, California, South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas, and Iowa.
It offers some $3 billion to farmers who have lost crops because of natural disasters.
The titled vote of 354 to 58 belied the months of argument over disaster relief.
Last month, President Trump has weighted to express criticism about funding earmarked for Puerto Rico.
But after a deal was rebel between Democratic and Republican leaders, the White House has signal President Trump was desperate to sign the measure – even though it didn’t include $4.5 billion that the US President and other Republicans wanted for border security, including the wall construction along the United States border with Mexico.
Last month, the disaster relief has cleared the Senate. House Democratic leaders had desired to push it through consent, without recorded vote, before the interval, but Republican objected to the exercise on three different occasions.
House Appropriations Committee Chairperson Nita Lowey said, “I am pleased that we have finally rejected the political stunts & grandstanding that have made it difficult to deliver much-needed relief to Americans struck by recent natural disasters.”
Despite funds allocated to Puerto Rico, the Island is still suffering from two hurricanes, which hit in 2017, took the lives of 3000 people and totally damaged the infrastructure of the island.
Senator Richard Shelby, a Republican who assisted shepherd the bill through the Senate, claims that the measure took “longer than I’ve ever heard” to pass.
“A lot of people waited too long” for relief, he added, “I don’t think it was our best show.”