Schumer blasts Trump over Puerto Rico aid

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill Sinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall MORE (D-N.Y.) blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE over funding for Puerto Rico on Monday, arguing the administration was slow-walking aid. 

“Puerto Rico has NOT gotten $91B in recovery aid. Just last week, your administration missed its deadline to release more than $8B in funds for Puerto Rico,” Schumer said in a tweet.


He added that “Democrats believe in meeting the needs of all disaster survivors.”

Schumer’s tweet comes after Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonCarson defends transgender comments, hits media for 'mischaracterizations' Ben Carson's remarks during San Francisco visit spark backlash Democrats blast HUD for removing LGBT language from grant competition MORE, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), told lawmakers that regulations for roughly $8 billion in disaster funding would be released by May 1. Finalization of the regulations are needed before the money, which is part of the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery program, can be released. 

A senior Senate Democratic aide told The Hill last week that Democratic staff had been told by HUD that they were ready to begin advancing the funding but the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requested to first “review” the regulations.

“This comes despite the fact that OMB has been a part of HUD’s work in this effort from the beginning. When asked how long OMB’s review would take, HUD was noncommittal and said that it is up to OMB and ‘out of their control,’” the aide added.

The hold up on the funding comes as members of the Senate Appropriations Committee are trying to reach a deal that could break the weeks-long stalemate over the chamber’s disaster aid bill.

Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyMcConnell support for election security funds leaves Dems declaring victory Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg courts critics on Capitol Hill | Amazon makes climate pledge | Senate panel approves 0M for state election security House votes to avert shutdown, fund government through November MORE (R-Ala.) has been meeting with Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyHillicon Valley: Zuckerberg courts critics on Capitol Hill | Amazon makes climate pledge | Senate panel approves 0M for state election security Senate committee approves 0 million for state election security efforts Senate panel approves three spending bills MORE (D-Vt.) and said late last week that talks were “trending” in a positive direction.  

The disaster aid package fell apart in the Senate last month after Trump criticized Puerto Rico’s handling of previous disaster aid money during a closed-door meeting with GOP senators.

The GOP proposal included $600 million for food stamp aid in Puerto Rico. Democrats wanted to amend it to include additional provisions, like requiring HUD to release block grant funding and adding money to help Puerto Rico repair damaged water systems.