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

Vice President Pence ripped Democratic Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenButtigieg jokes about holding town hall same night as 'Game of Thrones' finale Buttigieg defends appearing on Fox News: Many Americans don't hear Dems' message Warren offers to help Twitter user with her love life MORE (Mass), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDe Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' Sanders pledges to only nominate Supreme Court justices that support Roe v. Wade From dive bars to steakhouses: How Iowa caucus staffers blow off steam MORE (N.J.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharKlobuchar: 'Don't think' there are reasons to investigate Mueller probe's origins Klobuchar: Trump plan doesn't deal with 'comprehensive immigration issue' Buttigieg condemns 'voices on Fox' for spreading 'fear' and 'lies' ahead of town hall appearance 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 LeahyOvernight Defense: Congressional leaders receive classified briefing on Iran | Trump on war: 'I hope not' | Key Republican calls threats credible | Warren plan targets corporate influence at Pentagon Key Republican 'convinced' Iran threats are credible Graham, Leahy request briefing on decision to yank personnel from Iraq 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.