Democrats say Trump has been slow to release already-appropriated funding for Puerto Rico and has exhibited little urgency in helping the island.
"Puerto Rico got far more money than Texas & Florida combined, yet their government can't do anything right, " he wrote, keeping the pressure leveled at the island's administrators. Democrats blame Republicans because the GOP took out aid money for Puerto Rico that was included in the House plan.
Mr. Shelby has acknowledged that the White House's objections on Puerto Rico aid are a factor.
Earlier Monday, Trump had doubled down on his support for the Senate Republicans' proposal, but made no mention of Puerto Rico - a frequent target of his ire.
He also claimed that Puerto Rico "got 91 Billion Dollars for the hurricane", a figure that actually reflects a high-end, long-term estimate for recovery costs. "There's a lot of confusion over why the president would say this and what he understands and how he views the people of Puerto Rico".More news: 'Game of Thrones' Star Emilia Clarke Reveals Her Least Favorite Storyline
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Democrats wanted the bill to include about $700 million more for Puerto Rico and other states.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has set up the chance for a revote, but Monday's action dashed hopes of quickly getting a disaster aid package to President Trump's desk.
Congress is deadlocked about Puerto Rico disaster funding.
House Bill 296 would make the distribution requirement apply in two-thirds (24) of legislative districts instead of 32 of them and would allow nine months for signature gathering instead of 180 days. Democrats have proposed an additional $681 million in block-grant and revolving-fund money for relief work on Puerto Rico and the mainland. FEMA and other agencies have so far distributed $11.2 billion in aid to Puerto Rico. He cited it in a meeting with Republican senators on March 26, and again on March 28, telling reporters, "I've taken better care of Puerto Rico than any man ever".
Most Senate Republicans refused to endorse a recovery bill passed this year by the House, citing Trump's opposition to the bill's Puerto Rico funding and their own concerns that the bill lacks money for Midwestern states that have since been devastated by flooding and tornadoes. In 2018, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced plans to allocate almost $16 billion, including $8.3 billion earmarked for Puerto Rico, but the rules must be issued first, according to a senior Democratic aide.
In the country's only divided state Legislature, members of the fake committee said they thought it was important to keep conversations about the bills going, even if GOP lawmakers aren't willing to facilitate those discussions. "They don't know how to spend the money and they're not spending it wisely".