Senate Republicans Reject Leahy Amendment To Provide Aid For 2019 Disasters

WASHINGTON (MONDAY, April 1, 2019) – Senate Republicans Monday rejected an amendment to the emergency disaster supplemental offered by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, to provide aid to communities affected by 2019 disasters. 

Leahy said: “It is disappointing that the Republicans rejected my amendment.  As Americans and as Senators, we should stand with all American communities that are affected by disaster.  We should not pick and choose who to help in times of need.  The House passed a disaster bill nearly three months ago, but Senate Republicans have refused to act on it.  In the meantime more American’s have been afflicted by natural disasters.  This common sense amendment would have added much needed assistance for those affected by the Midwestern flooding and Southeast tornadoes and I am disappointed that Senate Republicans rejected it.”     

Leahy’s amendment to H.R. 268 would have extended relief to communities affected by recent tornadoes in Southeast and flooding in the Midwest.  These disasters occurred after the House first passed H.R. 268 in January while Republican leadership refused to quickly take up and pass the package. 

Leahy’s full statement is available HERE: https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/minority/statement-of-vice-chairman-leahy-on-the-disaster-emergency-supplemental-

The Amendment text is available HERE:  https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/download/leahy-amdt_

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