Shelby fears disaster package impasse is "bad omen" for 2020 appropriating
Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) is at the forefront of discussions regarding a massive disaster relief package that would help communities around the country impacted by disasters. This includes the region in Alabama ravaged by tornados months ago.
Shelby, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee says one of the key hangups has to do with providing Puerto Rico with more funds. The Alabama Republican says he agrees with the president who says Puerto Rico has plenty of unused funds meant to help them recover from hurricanes that devastated the area.
Shelby says he is in constant contact with Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Senator Pat Leahy (D-VT), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and President Trump.
He says if the nearly $14 billion package doesn’t pass before the Memorial Day recess, it will be a bad omen for what it will take to fund the entire government later this year.