Pence slams 2020 Dems on disaster relief while touring flood-ravaged Iowa

Vice President Pence ripped Democratic Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden, Harris set for second Democratic debate showdown Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Health care moves to center stage of Democratic primary fight | Sanders, Biden trade sharps jabs on Medicare for All | Senate to vote on 9/11 bill next week | Buttigieg pushes for cheaper insulin Scandal in Puerto Rico threatens chance at statehood MORE (Mass), Cory BookerCory Anthony Booker2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally The Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP Democrats warm to idea of studying reparations MORE (N.J.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean Klobuchar2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Democrats warm to idea of studying reparations Bullock makes CNN debate stage MORE (Minn.), all presidential candidates, for a recent failure to pass a disaster relief bill for Iowa, which is suffering from flooding.

"If you see Sen. Elizabeth Warren, if you see Sen. Amy Klobuchar, if you see Sen. Cory Booker and others come to Iowa asking for your vote, you ought to ask them why they voted against disaster assistance for Iowa," he said Friday. 

He added that there will be "plenty of time for politics when 2020 comes around."


"Right now Iowa needs disaster assistance and it's time for Congress to act," Pence said.

Congress is currently in a standoff on the issue. Senate Republican legislation provides $13.45 billion for recovery from recent disasters, including the Iowa flooding. The bill would give $600 million in food aid to Puerto Rico, but Democrats have argued that the island, which was decimated by Hurricane Maria in 2017, is in need of more assistance. 

Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyPoll: McConnell is most unpopular senator Democrats grill USDA official on relocation plans that gut research staff Lawmakers pay tribute to late Justice Stevens MORE (Vt.), the top Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, proposed giving more aid money to Puerto Rico and $2.5 billion in new funding for areas affected by severe storms in the Midwest and Southeast. Republicans blocked his proposal. 

Leahy and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Thursday introduced a new bill that would give $17.2 billion in disaster aid, including $3 billion in assistance for the Midwest and Southeast. 

Klobuchar, Booker and Warren are among more than a dozen Democrats who are competing for the party's 2020 Democratic nomination.