Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Rick Scott, R-Fla., are embroiled in a growing feud over aid for Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from Hurricane Maria, Politico reports.
Scott said during his campaign that he would stand up for Puerto Rico, and he said in a floor speech shortly after his win that he would be a “voice for the people of Puerto Rico.” However, Democrats deny that Scott has kept his promise, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer blasting the Republican for siding with President Donald Trump on disaster relief.
“This is a great example of why people hate politics. Not only did [Schumer] block a bipartisan bill, now he’s lying about it,” Scott tweeted on Sunday. “Our bill doesn’t strip funding for P.R. It includes $600 mil in nutrition assistance funding for P.R. that I fought to get in the bill.”
“We all know [Trump] took all aid for Puerto Rico but nutrition assistance out of the bill,” Schumer responded. “The bill has none of the long-term recovery & resilience aid PR has asked for repeatedly. Stop the bull. Stand up to the President.”
Scott replied: “The truth is, you’re more than happy to give Puerto Rico nothing if it helps prolong a political fight with Trump. That’s shameful.”
“Senator Scott's energy would be better spent working with the Governor of Puerto Rico to urge Leader [Mitch] McConnell to stop blocking proposals that provide much-needed aid to Puerto Rico, instead of criticizing the people who are trying to actually help,” said a spokesperson for Schumer.
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