Lawmakers strike deal on $19 billion disaster relief bill that excludes Trump's border funding

NBC News | 3/29/2019 | Staff
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WASHINGTON — Senators reached a bipartisan deal Thursday that would provide more than $19 billion in disaster aid funding to parts of the U.S. hit by hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes and wildfires, following months of negotiation.

Leaving a closed-door Senate Republican lunch, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala. told reporters that an agreement had been reached.

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The two said they had spoken to President Donald Trump about the parameters of the deal Thursday afternoon, which excludes the $4.5 billion in border funding that White House and Republicans kept demanding. Trump signed off, according to the two lawmakers.

The Senate is expected to vote on the measure Thursday afternoon before leaving Washington for a week-long Memorial Day recess. This comes after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., warned earlier in the day that the upper chamber would remain in session this week until they passed a disaster aid bill.

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According to a breakdown of the bill from Shelby’s office, it would provide...
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