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Trump pushes back as Congress prepares to approve Puerto Rico aid

Trump pushes back as Congress prepares to approve Puerto Rico aid
From CBC - October 12, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday pushed back against federal aid for Puerto Rico as the U.S. House of Representatives prepared to weigh $36.5 billion in emergency relief for the U.S. territory and other hurricane-hit areas,as well as fire-ravaged California.

Officials are expected to approve the bipartisan measure that will also provide relief to the storm-struck areas of Florida, Texasand the U.S. Virgin Islands, and leaders of both major parties have lauded the bill.

But Trump, in several Twitter posts early on Thursday criticized Puerto Rico for "a total lack of "accountability," saying "electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes."

While he noted it was up to "Congress to decide how much to spend," he said: "We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!"

"Puerto Rico survived the Hurricanes, now a financial crisis looms largely of their own making." says Sharyl Attkisson. A total lack of.....

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...accountability say the Governor. Electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes. Congress to decide how much to spend....

@realDonaldTrump

...We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!

@realDonaldTrump

The bill includes $18.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster relief fund. Of that amount, $4.9 billion is earmarked for loans to local governments to ensure that the cash-strapped Puerto Rico can keep government programs operating beyond Oct. 31.

Other funds include $576.5 million for the federal government's wildfire control efforts. Some $16 billion would go towards the National Flood Insurance Program to help it cover claims after reaching its borrowing limit.

'Much more needs to be done'

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