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

Vice President Pence ripped Democratic Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden lead shrinks, Sanders and Warren close gap: poll Defense bill talks set to start amid wall fight Biden allies: Warren is taking a bite out of his electability argument MORE (Mass), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBiden lead shrinks, Sanders and Warren close gap: poll Media and candidates should be ashamed that they don't talk about obesity CNN announces details for LGBTQ town hall MORE (N.J.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharBiden lead shrinks, Sanders and Warren close gap: poll Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers | Big tech defends efforts against online extremism | Trump attends secretive Silicon Valley fundraiser | Omar urges Twitter to take action against Trump tweet Media and candidates should be ashamed that they don't talk about obesity 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 LeahyDemocrats press for action on election security The Hill's Morning Report — Biden steadies in third debate as top tier remains the same Overnight Defense: Dems grill Trump Army, Air Force picks | House chair subpoenas Trump Afghanistan negotiator | Trump officials release military aid to Ukraine 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.