Today on the Hill: Disaster Aid Bill Shows Signs of Stalling

March 28, 2019

Senators are set to resume consideration of a supplemental disaster aid bill (textsummary), although its prospects for passage appear to be fading over disagreements on aid to Puerto Rico. Congressional Democrats are strongly pushing for additional assistance to the island — with numerous Senate Democrats stating that they will vote no if additional aid is not included — while President Donald Trump has criticized the Senate GOP’s provisions as being too generous. Consideration of the $13.5 billion measure will likely extend into next week as lawmakers work to find a compromise.

On the floor, the Senate will hold a confirmation vote for Nicole Nason to be Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration. In the House, lawmakers will vote on a resolution (H.Res. 124) expressing opposition to banning service in the Armed Forces by openly transgender individuals.