House Passes New Disaster Aid Package, but Senate Remains at Impasse

Congress is still at an impasse over a disaster aid package that would provide billions of dollars to impacted communities across the country. While the Senate struggles to reach a compromise, the House passed a $17.2 billion aid package (H.R. 2157) by a vote of 257-150 on May 10 that includes $2.21 billion in Community Development Block Grant–Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds for areas impacted by major disasters in 2018 and 2019.

The main dispute is over funding for Puerto Rico.  President Trump has objected to providing the additional funding requested by the government of Puerto Rico and Democrats. The president has also recently requested the package include funding for border security, and several senators are seeking to add money benefiting their states. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has stated he hopes to have a disaster bill finalized before the end of May.