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Trump signs long-awaited $19.1B disaster aid bill

Trump signs long-awaited $19.1B disaster aid bill
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race MORE on Thursday signed the $19.1 billion disaster relief package that passed the House on Monday.

"Just signed Disaster Aid Bill to help Americans who have been hit by recent catastrophic storms. So important for our GREAT American farmers and ranchers. Help for GA, FL, IA, NE, NC, and CA. Puerto Rico should love President Trump. Without me, they would have been shut out!" he tweeted Thursday afternoon. 

Trump agreed to support the legislation — aimed at providing funding to recovery efforts in areas affected by wildfires, hurricanes and flooding — ahead of Congress’s Memorial Day recess despite the Senate opting not to comply with the administration's request to include $4.5 billion in border funding.

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Democrats also gained a significant win with the bill including $900 million — $600 million in food stamp money and an additional $300 million in Housing and Urban Development grants — for Puerto Rico, a provision initially opposed by Trump, who argued the amount was excessive and alleged the island previously mismanaged the aid sent following Hurricane Maria.

The long-stalled disaster aid bill passed the upper chamber on May 23 after GOP senators struck a deal with Trump to drop certain provisions from the legislation.

The House sought to move the bill three times by unanimous consent during Congress’s Memorial Day recess, but the vote was blocked by three conservative members — GOP Reps. Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyThe Hill's Morning Report - Too close to call Chip Roy fends off challenge from Wendy Davis to win reelection in Texas Democrats seek wave to bolster House majority MORE (Texas), Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieCheney seeks to cool tensions with House conservatives House in near-unanimous vote affirms peaceful transfer of power Ron Paul hospitalized in Texas MORE (Ky.) and John RoseJohn Williams RoseFrom state agriculture departments to Congress: Our farmers need the USMCA Trump signs long-awaited .1B disaster aid bill 58 GOP lawmakers vote against disaster aid bill MORE (Tenn.) — moves that each time sparked a flurry of bipartisan criticism.

Republican critics of the bill cited concerns with its impact on the national debt and disapproval of its lack of border funding.

“The American people send their representatives to Washington to represent them. They deserve to see how we vote. While I'm happy the Speaker chose to go back to regular procedure, I am still troubled we're poised to spend $19 billion that is not paid for when we are racking up $100 million an hour in national debt,” Roy said on the floor Monday.