05/23/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/23/2019 17:36
Menendez Celebrates Passage of Bipartisan Disaster Relief Bill
Menendez Celebrates Passage of Bipartisan Disaster Relief BillThursday, May 23, 2019
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today voted in support of the bipartisan Disaster Supplemental (H.R. 2157, as amended by a Shelby-Leahy substitute) that included $19.1 billion to help all Americans recovering from an array of natural disasters between 2017 and 2019. The legislation includes key priorities that Sen. Menendez has fought for, including adequate funding for Puerto Rico's Nutrition Assistance Program, disaster relief funds for the recovery of the Island, and an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program through September 30, 2019. There are no immigration provisions in this Disaster Supplemental.
'The disaster relief bill passed in the Senate includes critical funding for Americans affected by natural disasters, including our fellow citizens recovering from the destruction left behind by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico,' said Senator Bob Menendez. 'I'm glad we were able to work on a commonsense compromise, free of poison pills and controversial immigration provisions. From adequate funding for Puerto Rico to an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program this bipartisan compromise puts the American people first.'
The bipartisan, bicameral bill includes several Puerto Rico priorities for which Sen. Menendez fought, such as:
New Jersey is home to the third-largest Puerto Rican population on the United States mainland.