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. GreenDem strategist says Trump should not be impeached Cummings throws cold water on impeaching Trump Dem lawmaker: Trump impeachment talks 'premature' right now 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."


The $44 billion is not the administration's final disaster aid request, according to a letter sent to Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPelosi, Schumer: Trump 'desperate' to put focus on immigration, not health care Trump urges Dems to help craft new immigration laws: ‘Chuck & Nancy, call me!' Sanders, Harris set to criss-cross Iowa MORE (R-Wis.) by White House budget chief Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyOn The Money: Mnuchin pulls out of Saudi summit | Consumer bureau to probe controversial blog posts on race | Harris proposes new middle-class tax credit Consumer bureau to probe top Trump official's past racial comments On The Money: Deficit hits six-year high of 9 billion | Yellen says Trump attacks threaten Fed | Affordable housing set for spotlight in 2020 race 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 SchumerThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns McConnell says deficits 'not a Republican problem' Medicare for All is disastrous for American seniors and taxpayers 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 CruzDemocrats slide in battle for Senate O'Rourke's rise raises hopes for Texas Dems down ballot Election Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue 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.”