ICYMI: DMP Chooses Foreign Wars Over Disaster Relief for Floridians
Tampa, FL – While Senator Rick Scott has been fighting to pass common-sense legislation that will focus on funding disaster relief to help Florida communities that have been devastated by recent storms, Failed Florida Congressional Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell is backing Biden and the Democrats’ bloated spending bill that prioritizes foreign wars over Florida families.
Mucarsel-Powell has continued to push the Biden-backed Senate stop-gap spending bill that only has $6 billion in disaster relief and other Democrat priorities such as $6 billion in military and economic aid for Ukraine.
While Mucarsel-Powell has claimed that Scott is the only one in the way of aid, Senate Democrats have blocked Scott’s move to fully replenish the FEMA disaster relief fund.
Scott has long sought to replenish the disaster relief aid fund after the Sunshine State has been battered by Hurricane Idalia.
Last week, Scott requested unanimous consent to schedule a vote on his bill, the Federal Disaster Responsibility Act, to fully fund the FEMA Disaster Relief Fund (DRF). Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) blocked Scott’s request.
Communities in every state are dependent on disaster aid from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund, which is now nearly exhausted and will have just $550 million available at the end of this month. When I spoke to President Biden earlier this month, I told him this is UNACCEPTABLE and especially devastating for families and farmers in Florida, California, Illinois, Vermont and Hawaii who are fighting tooth and nail right now to recover from major disasters. In Florida, our growers and ranchers have been waiting for nearly a year since Ian devastated so many of them and this delay is Senate Democrats kicking them while they’re down. This shouldn’t be a political issue, but Democrats are treating it that way to try and force disaster aid to be part of their massive spending package.
Scott said during his speech asking for unanimous consent last week, “It is beyond shameful for Senate Democrats to hold disaster aid hostage, and I won’t stop fighting to get this bill passed and relief to our families and growers working hard to get back on their feet.”
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