Puerto Rico Deserves Aid Congress Should Approve Comprehensive Relief Bill
Congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump are eager, appropriately and naturally, to pass a major relief package for areas of the Midwest and South that have been badly damaged by heavy flooding and also happen to be heavily Republican. Congressional Democrats are on board, recognizing that nature doesn’t discriminate based on political affiliation, and that the next aid package might be needed for blue states.
Trump, however, has managed to poison the bipartisan consensus for relief by vowing to veto any package that includes hurricane relief for Puerto Rico.
The island has not recovered from two devastating hurricanes in 2017, and Trump falsely has claimed that he has championed the island’s recovery even as some of his staff have referred to the U.S. territory as a foreign country.
Most congressional Republicans do not oppose aid for Puerto Rico. Several GOP senators have attempted to get Trump to sign on to a compromise, but no compromise is necessary.
Both houses should pass a comprehensive relief bill. If Trump vetoes it, they should simply override it as a means to fulfill the federal government’s duty to all U.S. citizens.