Dem rep: Trump disaster aid request is 'how you let America down again'

Dem rep: Trump disaster aid request is 'how you let America down again'
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Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenTom Steyer compares movement to impeach Trump to civil rights movement Juan Williams: Midterms will be referendum on Trump Dem lawmaker: We will impeach Trump if we retake the House MORE (D-Texas) on Friday blasted President Trump's latest request for disaster aid money, calling it a way to "let America down again."

Green tweeted that the $44 billion in additional aid requested by the White House on Friday for disaster-stricken areas like Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico fell far short of the $61 billion requested to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey, which barreled across southeastern Texas in August.

"Mr. President, Texas requested $61B to support victims of Hurricane Harvey. How can you possibly think your $44B disaster aid request for all 2017 disasters in TX, FL, PR, & the VI is enough?" Green wrote. "This isn't how you make America Great again, this is how you let America down again."

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The $44 billion is not the administration's final disaster aid request, according to a letter sent to Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit Former Trump aide says he canceled CNN appearance over 'atrocious' Helsinki coverage MORE (R-Wis.) by White House budget chief Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyWho watches the ‘watchdog?’ It time for accountability for the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Five GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump suggests China is easing pressure on North Korea because of trade fight | Mulvaney taps top aide as No. 2 at consumer bureau | House Republican to offer bill to curtail Trump's trade powers MORE, who noted that "detailed damage assessments" are still being done for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Still, several lawmakers urged the White House to up its disaster aid request, arguing that $44 billion would not be enough to fully address the devastation wrought by a series of deadly hurricanes.

"The lights still aren’t back on in Puerto Rico or USVI. To add insult to injury, the Administration failed to request adequate aid for the islands. Congress must fix," Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerThis week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Red-state Dem tells Schumer to 'kiss my you know what' on Supreme Court vote Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick MORE (D-N.Y.) tweeted Friday.

Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) said the White House's request for supplemental disaster funding lacked relief for citrus growers affected by Hurricane Irma in the Sunshine State, and announced that he would not support the request.

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWisconsin GOP Senate candidate rips his own parents for donations to Dems The Memo: Trump leaves chaos in his wake in UK Beto O'Rourke is dominating Ted Cruz in enthusiasm and fundraising — but he's still headed for defeat MORE (R-Texas) did not outright criticize the White House request, but said he would review it to make sure his state received the funding it needs to recover from Harvey.

"I will carefully review [the Office of Management and Budget's] latest supplemental funding request, including its justifications for the proposed spending amounts," he said in a statement.

"However, the constitutional responsibility to appropriate funding resides with Congress, and I will continue to work closely with the entire Texas delegation to ensure our great state has the resources it needs to rebuild and come back stronger than ever.”