Categories for Federal Funding

26,689. 7/18/2019

FEDERAL FUNDING/PUERTO RICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….of which was squandered away or wasted, never to be seen again. This is more than twice the amount given to Texas & Florida combined. I know the people of Puerto Rico well, and they are great. But much of their leadership is corrupt, & robbing the U.S. Government blind!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 18, 2019 9:54 am

26,687. 7/18/2019

FEDERAL FUNDING/NATURAL DISASTERS/PUERTO RICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A lot of bad things are happening in Puerto Rico. The Governor is under siege, the Mayor of San Juan is a despicable and incompetent person who I wouldn’t trust under any circumstance, and the United States Congress foolishly gave 92 Billion Dollars for hurricane relief, much….”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 18, 2019 9:54 am

26,365. 7/8/2019

CALIFORNIA/FEDERAL FUNDING/NATURAL DISASTERS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Spoke to @GOPLeader Kevin McCarthy about the earthquakes in California and informed him that we will be working very closely on emergency funding. Also spoke to Governor @GavinNewsom – all working together!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 8, 2019 6:02 pm

26,133. 6/28/2019

BORDER/DEMS/FEDERAL FUNDING/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Emotion, tears and tense confrontations were on display as House Democrats fought over an emergency border aid bill in a debate that deepened the divide between progressives and moderates, further fracturing the unity Democrats have long trumpeted. Progressives were outraged when Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday [6-27-19] that the House would take up — and pass — a bill approved by the GOP-controlled Senate, and which progressives argued did not do enough to protect children in government custody. The Senate bill had overwhelming bipartisan support. Moderate Democrats, on the other hand, argued that they care about the issue just as much and wanted to see aid enacted as quickly as possible, especially as Congress faced a deadline to keep open an important agency that works with refugees. Trying to negotiate the bill could have further delayed funding for what both parties describe as a humanitarian crisis at the border. The fight proved a high-profile test of Pelosi’s ability to keep her caucus together on one of the most sensitive issues for Democrats: immigration.”

Clare Foran, Ashley Killough and Lauren Fox, “Border funding bill fractures House Democratic progressives and moderates,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, June 28, 2019 2:01 pm

26,056. 6/26/2019

BORDER/DEMS/FEDERAL FUNDING/GOP/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Republican-led Senate on Wednesday [6-26-19] passed a $4.6 billion bill to address the migrant crisis at the southern border, setting up a clash with House Democrats, who have passed a different version of similar legislation. Republican Senate leaders have said they won’t negotiate with House Democrats over differences in their chambers’ emergency funding bills for the border, essentially daring the House to take or leave the Senate bill, which has bipartisan backing and the expected support of President Donald Trump. The Senate vote was 84-8 and came after an emotional debate highlighted Wednesday morning by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s display of a blown-up image on the Senate floor depicting a shocking photo of a Salvadoran father and his daughter who drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande. It’s unclear whether the Senate and House can reconcile their bills before Congress breaks for a week-long recess later this week.

Kate Sullivan, Ted Barrett and Lauren Fox, “Senate, House headed for confrontation over border funding bill,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, June 26, 2019 8:48 am

25,993. 6/25/2019

BORDER/FEDERAL FUNDING/HOUSE OF REPS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A divided House voted on Tuesday [6-24-19] to send $4.5 billion in humanitarian aid to the border to address horrific conditions facing a crush of migrants, attaching significant rules on how the money could be spent in the first action by Democrats to rein in President Trump’s immigration crackdown. But the package — which passed by a vote of 230 to 195 nearly along party lines, only after Democratic leaders toughened restrictions on the money to win over liberal skeptics — faces a tough path to enactment. A similar measure with many fewer strings binding Mr. Trump has drawn bipartisan support in the Senate. And the House bill faces a veto threat from White House advisers, who regard the Senate bill as the surest way to speed the needed aid to strapped agencies dealing with the migrant influx. Hours before the House bill passed, Mr. Trump said that he did not like some of the restrictions that lawmakers were seeking to place on the humanitarian funding, but that he badly needed the resources.”

Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Emily Cochrane, “House Approves Border Aid, Seeking to Curb Trump’s Crackdown,” The New York Times online, June 25, 2019

25,981. 6/24/2019

BORDER/CONGRESS/FEDERAL FUNDING/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Lawmakers are stumbling in their efforts to address the border crisis before bolting for the holiday recess, dimming long-shot hopes that Congress can meet President Donald Trump’s two-week deadline to stave off his threatened mass deportations. House Democratic leaders spent Monday [6-24-19] night fighting off a last-minute liberal rebellion to tank their $4.5 billion emergency spending package, with progressive lawmakers demanding changes to the bill that complicate the chamber’s plans to deliver money to the border before leaving town Thursday [6-27-19] for a week-long recess…Democratic leaders are now mulling tweaks to the bill that would spell out a standard of care for all children to receive humane treatment, a response to recent news reports that showed children in detention facilities in wretched conditions, some without access to diapers, soap or a toothbrush. The House is still expected to vote on the bill Tuesday [6-25-19], according to lawmakers and aides.”

Heather Caygle, Burgess Everett and Sarah Ferris, “Congress flails after Trump’s deportation ultimatum,” Politico, June 24, 2019 10:40 pm

25,927. 6/21/2019

BORDER/CENTRAL AMERICA/DEMS/FEDERAL FUNDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. Democrats in the House of Representatives on Friday [6-21-19] proposed reinstating hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras that was cut off by the Trump administration because thousands of their citizens sought asylum at the U.S. border with Mexico. The proposal was tucked into a bill to provide $4.5 billion in humanitarian assistance to address the surge of migrants at the southern U.S. border. Republican President Donald Trump has sought that funding for U.S. programs that house, feed, transport and oversee the record numbers of Central American families seeking asylum and straining capacity at migrant shelters in U.S. border cities. But the Trump administration cut aid to the three Central American countries earlier this week after Trump expressed unhappiness with their immigration policies. Congressional aides said the administration told them some $550 million in aid would be reallocated or suspended. Democratic lawmakers have said it was cruel to slash aid to countries that are grappling with hunger and crime, and that the move would be counterproductive because it would more likely increase the number of migrants than decrease it.”

Susan Cornwell, “House Democrats propose reinstating aid to Central America,” Reuters, June 21, 2019 12:50 pm

25,776. 6/15/2019

BORDER/FEDERAL FUNDING/GOP/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @SteveScalise: For weeks Republicans have asked for an emergency funding bill to help fix the worsening border crisis. Immediate action…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 15, 2019 1:44 pm

25,486. 6/6/2019

FEDERAL FUNDING/LEGISLATION/NATURAL DISASTERS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump Thursday [6-6-19] signed a package that would deliver $19.1 billion in disaster relief to communities across the country that are still recovering from a spate of catastrophic hurricanes, wildfires and flooding. The House passed the bill, H.R. 2157 (116), on Monday [6-3-19] after Republicans successfully thwarted three attempts to fast-track the package. The Senate passed the bill before the Memorial Day recess, removing Trump’s request for billions in emergency border aid in a last-minute scramble because it was holding up the deal. The legislation was delayed for months prior to that amid partisan infighting. The more than 70-page bill includes $600 million in nutrition assistance for Puerto Rico, in addition to $304 million in new Community Development Block Grant funding for the island and language ensuring that Puerto Rico can access billions in already-appropriated CDBG funds that Democrats accused the Trump administration of slow-walking. It provides $3 billion for farmers to help cover crop losses, $1.6 billion to help repair damaged highways, $720 million for the U.S. Forest Service to help cover wildfire suppression efforts and $120 million to help the National Park Service repair damaged public lands.”

Caitlin Emma, “Trump signs long-stalled $19.1B disaster relief bill,” Politico, June 6, 2019 2:25 pm

25,484. 6/6/2019

FEDERAL FUNDING/NATURAL DISASTERS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Just signed Disaster Aid Bill to help Americans who have been hit by recent catastrophic storms. So important for our GREAT American farmers and ranchers. Help for GA, FL, IA, NE, NC, and CA. Puerto Rico should love President Trump. Without me, they would have been shut out! https://t.co/HXvYYdcNW5 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, June 6, 2019 1:06 pm

25,445. 6/5/2019

BORDER/DEMS/FEDERAL FUNDING/HOUSE OF REPS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “House Democratic leaders are facing sharp pushback from rank-and-file members on plans to deliver billions of dollars to ease the migrant crisis at the southern border, threatening to drag out another border funding fight with President Donald Trump. Leaders of several groups, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus, have told top Democrats they oppose sending Trump even one more dollar for the border without a slew of strict conditions — complicating any deal with Republicans. But Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her deputies are under intense pressure to deliver money before the Fourth of July recess in order to avoid being accused of starving the government’s refugee programs. It’s forced Democrats into another agonizing debate on immigration that could expose simmering tensions across the caucus. The president in early May asked Congress for $4.5 billion in emergency aid to address the influx of Central American migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, including $3.3 billion for humanitarian assistance.”

Sarah Ferris, “Dems clash over funding for Trump’s migrant crisis,” Politico, June 5, 2019 3:08 pm

25,421. 6/4/2019

FEDERAL FUNDING/JOE BIDEN/NATURAL DISASTERS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Joe Biden ripped the Trump administration’s response to Hurricane Maria at a campaign stop here on Tuesday [6-4-19] night, saying he suspected that officials botched the response because they didn’t realize people in Puerto Rico are U.S. citizens…House lawmakers on Monday [6-3-19] passed a $19.1 billion disaster relief bill that includes hundreds of millions of dollars in community development grants and nutrition assistance to Puerto Rico and other islands hit by Maria in September 2017. It now awaits Trump’s signature. The president has bristled at the extra aid for Puerto Rico, called officials there ‘grossly incompetent’ and accused them of misusing previously allocated hurricane relief funding. More than 3,000 people died as a result of the hurricane, which devastated Puerto Rico. Trump has challenged that number, saying it is ‘not fair’ to count deaths that happened weeks or months after the storm, though researchers disagree with him. Biden is on a campaign swing in the early-voting state of New Hampshire. Earlier in the day, he talked to voters in Berlin and Plymouth.”

Stephanie Murray, “Biden: Does Trump know Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens?,” Politico, June 4, 2019 9:21 pm

25,242. 5/23/2019

AGRICULTURE/FEDERAL FUNDING/HOUSE OF REPS/NANCY PELOSI/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump ratcheted up his feud with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday [5-23-19], turning an event organized to announce a multibillion-dollar aid package to farmers into a nearly half-hour-long diatribe against his Democratic rivals. Rejecting Pelosi’s characterization of his decision to scrap a meeting Wednesday [5-22-19] with Democrats because of their continued investigations as a ‘temper tantrum,’ Trump accused Democratic officials of being ‘bad people,’ referred to Pelosi as ‘crazy Nancy’ and enlisted several White House officials to publicly corroborate his account that he had addressed Democrats calmly — and not in anger — the previous day…Trump’s anger at House Democrats’ investigations had been steadily mounting for weeks, but Pelosi’s accusation that the President had engaged in a ‘cover-up’ sent him over the edge, prompting him to swear off policy talks with Democrats and shine a spotlight on what he considers Democrats’ ‘phony investigations.’ A source close to the White House said that Pelosi ‘hasn’t gotten under (Trump’s) skin. But got his attention.’ Multiple sources close to the White House claimed that Trump’s stepped-up rhetoric over the last couple of days has been tactical, aimed at pressuring House Democrats to ‘put up or shut up’ on impeachment, an indication that the President does not like being in this state of perpetual investigation.”

Jeremy Diamond, Dana Bash and Lauren Fox, “Trump denies ‘temper tantrum’ in angry public episode,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, May 23, 2019 11:05 pm

25,239. 5/23/2019

BORDER/FEDERAL FUNDING/GOP/NATURAL DISASTERS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Republicans senators say President Donald Trump has agreed to a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill, providing relief to a country beset by devastating floods, wildfires and hurricanes without funding for the border that the President had sought. Late Thursday [5-23-19], the President tweeted his approval of the measure: ‘The U.S. Senate has just approved a 19 Billion Dollar Disaster Relief Bill, with my total approval. Great!’ The Senate passed the measure Thursday afternoon by a vote of 85 to 8. The House is expected to pass it Friday [5-24-19] and key Republican lawmakers say Trump has agreed to sign it. Congress will be out for recess next week. It took months for Congress and the White House to strike a deal, as negotiations between Republicans and Democrats stalled over funding to address the humanitarian crisis at the US-Mexico border and how to rebuild Puerto Rico two years after Hurricane Maria hit the US territory. The legislation is crucial to all corners of the country.”

Alex Rogers, Phil Mattingly and Ted Barrett, “Deal struck to pass $19 billion disaster relief package without border funds,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, May 23, 2019 9:42 pm

25,041. 5/16/2019

BORDER/DEMS/FEDERAL FUNDING/ICE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Democratic leaders have agreed to fund a portion of the White House’s emergency funding request to address the surge of migrants at the southern border, according to multiple sources. Top Democrats indicated to Republicans late Thursday afternoon that they are willing to include some of the White House’s $4.5 billion proposal — specifically for humanitarian assistance — in a long-stalled disaster relief package. Democrats are willing to devote more money to the Office of Refugee and Resettlement, which has been in charge of thousands of unaccompanied minors who have crossed the border this year. But they rejected the White House’s more contentious requests, such as more money for detention beds or the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. The formal offer from Democrats comes one week after Republican leaders first proposed tying the money for the White House’s border request to the disaster aid package, which includes $17 billion for communities affected by hurricanes, wildfires and extreme flooding in the last 18 months.”

Sarah Ferris and John Bresnahan, “Dems agree to billions in humanitarian aid for southern border,” Politico, May 16, 2019 6:50 pm

25,029. 5/16/2019

CALIFORNIA/FEDERAL FUNDING/TRANSPORTATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The federal Transportation Department on Thursday [5-16-19] fulfilled its promise to cancel a nearly $1 billion grant that would have helped pay for California’s bullet train, in yet another blow for the ambitious high-speed rail project meant to connect Los Angeles to the Bay Area. In a letter to state officials, the Federal Railroad Administration said it had made a final decision to terminate a longstanding agreement to send $928.6 million to the California High-Speed Rail Authority for the first phase of the project, in the Central Valley. The administration had first said that it planned to cancel the money, and would try to claw back $2.5 billion it had already spent on the high-speed rail network, in February, after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced plans to scale back the project. Federal officials said in the letter Thursday that California ‘has repeatedly failed to comply’ with the terms of the original 2010 agreement ‘and has failed to make reasonable progress on the project.’”

Jennifer Medina, “California v. Trump, Round 51. This Time It’s Over $1 Billion in High-Speed Rail Funding,” The New York Times online, May 16, 2019

24,975. 5/13/2019

FEDERAL FUNDING/NASA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The White House is requesting an additional $1.6 billion ‘down payment’ for next year to help finance its ambitious goal of returning American astronauts to the moon in 2024. But it declined to say where the money would come from. The budget amendment, sent to Capitol Hill Monday [5-13-19] night, is in addition to the $21 billion already requested by NASA for the fiscal year that begins in October…Yet the NASA chief could not provide an estimate of what the effort will cost over the next five years, nor did he explain what government programs would have to be cut to finance the effort. He did stress, however, that the additional funding would not come at the expense of NASA’s science missions, which have been fiercely protected by lawmakers in the past.”

Jacqueline Klimas, “Trump seeks new ‘down payment’ for moon mission,” Politico, May 13, 2019 8:10 pm

24,827. 5/10/2019

FEDERAL FUNDING/NATURAL DISASTERS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Great Republican vote today on Disaster Relief Bill. We will now work out a bipartisan solution that gets relief for our great States and Farmers. Thank you to all. Get me a Bill that I can quickly sign!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, May 10, 2019 12:57 pm

24,788. 5/9/2019

FEDERAL FUNDING/GOP/NATURAL DISASTERS/PUERTO RICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Congressional Republicans on Thursday [5-9-19] floated a new disaster aid proposal to Democrats to break the logjam over Puerto Rico, but it is unlikely to end the bitter, monthslong stalemate that has frustrated both parties, according to multiple aides. The Republicans’ latest funding offer would add billions of dollars in funding under the Senate’s disaster-aid bill, which would dole out badly needed cash to states ravaged by wildfires, hurricanes and severe flooding. It includes hundreds of millions more for Puerto Rico, but falls short of resolving the key sticking point, which has pitted Democrats against President Donald Trump since last year…Leaders of both parties are making a last-gasp push to distribute the money before Memorial Day as desperation grows in a half-dozen states from Iowa to California. But they keep running into hurdles, including from the president himself. Trump was in Florida on Wednesday [5-8-19] night promising to swiftly deliver disaster aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael last October. But he continues to dig in against new funding for Puerto Rico, incorrectly claiming at an impromptu news conference on Thursday that the territory had already secured $91 billion in aid for a massive hurricane with a death toll of 3,000 people.”

Sarah Ferris and John Bresnahan, “GOP proposes more Puerto Rico aid in latest offer to Democrats,” Politico, May 9, 2019 9:26 pm

24,757. 5/8/2019

FEDERAL FUNDING/FLORIDA/HUD/NATURAL DISASTERS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Standing  before an enthusiastic, loyal crowd of hurricane-ravaged residents, many of whom are still dealing with the aftershock, President Donald Trump said he would do everything he legally could to get more money to the Florida Panhandle…Because Michael was reclassified as a Category 5 storm, the federal government will be able to reimburse up to 90 percent of the recovery costs, Trump announced. ‘No games, no gimmicks, no delays,’ he told the cheering crowd. ‘We’re just doing it.’ He also announced the administration would give the state $448 million in HUD money to help people rebuild…The announcement came at the top of a campaign speech that ran close to 90 minutes and touched on many of the president’s favorite topics. Building a border wall. Getting tough on trade deals with China. The 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. Hillary Clinton. Late-term abortion. Guns. The Economy. Venezuela.”

Jeffrey Schweers, “Trump announces Florida disaster relief at Panama City Beach campaign rally,” USA Today, May 8, 2019 10:47 pm

24,707. 5/7/2019

CONGRESS/FEDERAL FUNDING/NATURAL DISASTERS/PUERTO RICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @realDonaldTrump: Puerto Rico has been given more money by Congress for Hurricane Disaster Relief, 91 Billion Dollars, than any State in…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, May 7, 2019 9:21 pm

24,706. 5/7/2019

FEDERAL FUNDING/NATURAL DISASTERS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @realDonaldTrump: ….Alabama, Iowa, Nebraska, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and others unless much more money is given to Pue…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, May 7, 2019 9:21 pm

24,676. 5/6/2019

AGRICULTURE/FEDERAL FUNDING/NATURAL DISASTER/PUERTO RICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….Alabama, Iowa, Nebraska, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and others unless much more money is given to Puerto Rico. The Dems don’t want farmers to get any help. Puerto Rico should be very happy and the Dems should stop blocking much needed Disaster Relief!” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, May 6, 2019 8:48 am

24,675. 5/6/2019

CONGRESS/FEDERAL FUNDING/NATURAL DISASTERS/PUERTO RICEO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Puerto Rico has been given more money by Congress for Hurricane Disaster Relief, 91 Billion Dollars, than any State in the history of the U.S. As an example, Florida got $12 Billion & Texas $39 Billion for their monster hurricanes. Now the Democrats are saying NO Relief to……”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, May 6, 2019 8:48 am