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Reports: Trump Agrees to $19B Disaster Relief Without Wall Funding

Reports: Trump Agrees to $19B Disaster Relief Without Wall Funding

President Donald Trump. (Evan Vucci/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 23 May 2019 04:46 PM

President Donald Trump has agreed to a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill without funding for his long-promised border wall, reports say.

Senate Appropriations Committee chair Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said the president agreed with Democrats to sign the bill, NBC News reported.

The House is expected to pass the measure Friday and key Republican lawmakers say Trump has agreed to sign it, CNN reported.

It took months for Congress and the White House to strike a deal, as negotiations between Republicans and Democrats stalled over funding to address the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, and rebuilding Puerto Rico two years after Hurricane Maria slammed the U.S. territory.

"Let's just move forward and get disaster aid done," said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., who criticized Trump's involvement in the negotiations, CNN reported. "We got all we wanted on Puerto Rico."

"It's a good deal," added Shelby.

According to NBC News, the bipartisan bill gives Puerto Rico an additional $605 million for the food stamp Nutrition Assistance Program and $304 million to Community Development Block Grants.

It also contains a provision forcing Trump to allow $8.9 billion in withheld aid to get to Puerto Rico, and another provision "ensuring more damaged facilities in Puerto Rico will be repaired or replaced," Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said, NBC News reported.

Billions of dollars in other aid will go toward flooding, hurricane, and wildfire damage on the mainland.

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