The Dallas Morning News
Trump-dem clash holds up hurricane aid
WASHINGTON — Six months after hurricanes devastated the Southeast, Washington infighting has shelved a widely backed disaster aid package that’s desperately being sought by President Donald Trump’s allies in Florida and Georgia.
Trump’s opposition to aid to Puerto Rico — slammed by backtoback hurricanes in 2017 — has sparked a standoff with Democrats demanding more aid for the U.S. territory.
Senate Republicans have stuck with the president so far, refusing to add more funding to help Puerto Rico rebuild its water systems or help its impoverished government with more generous disaster aid terms. Democrats in turn filibustered a $14 billion aid package over the issue last week, and the measure has languished since.
Now, Congress is heading into a twoweek Easter recess, leaving struggling cotton farmers in the South in limbo at a crucial time for spring planting and failing to ease food stamp cuts in Puerto Rico.