Rubio, Nelson push for disaster relief funding vote in Senate
Jan 12, 2018 \\ By Colin Wilhelm, Politico
Florida's two senators today pressed the Republican and Democratic Senate leadership for an immediate vote on an extended disaster relief package for Puerto Rico and other U.S. areas affected by recent storms.
"We write to highlight the importance of the disaster supplemental and urge you to consider this much-needed appropriations measure on the floor as soon as possible," Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Bill Nelson wrote in a bipartisan appeal to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Citing disasters from the fall, including hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma, as well as wildfires in California and the "unprecedented destruction" that ensued from them, the lawmakers argued that the federal government response has been inadequate.
Nelson and Rubio cited the House of Representatives' own disaster response funding package, advanced late last year, and totaling $81 billion for those areas, without specifically calling for it to be passed.
Nelson, along with other Democrats from the Florida delegation, participated in a town hall organized by Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló in Kissimmee, Fla., earlier today.