House to Vote on Emergency Aid Package For Northern Calif.,Puerto Rico

Rudy Habibe, from Puerto Rico, and his service dog Maximus walk toward a burning building at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country hotel, where he was a guest, in Santa Rosa, Calif., Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through Northern California sending residents on a headlong flight to safety through smoke and flames as homes burned. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

October 12, 2017
OAN Newsroom

The House is set to vote on a nearly $37 billion emergency funding bill.

On Wednesday, House GOP leaders confirmed the lower chamber of Congress would vote on legislation aimed at providing $36.5 billion in funds for northern California and Puerto Rico.

This comes as parts of California face devastating wildfires and Puerto Rico continues to recover from the catastrophic damage left behind by Hurricane Maria.

President Trump approved a disaster declaration for federal aid Tuesday to help with firefighting and recovery efforts.

House Speaker Paul Ryan also reassured Californians Congress would take action.

“This is the time when our country needs to respond,” said Speaker Ryan. “This is the time where all levels and units of government needs to respond, and this is a time where we here in Congress will respond because that’s our responsibility.”

The bill also includes a provision to allow Puerto Rico’s low-income residents to receive emergency nutrition assistance similar to other areas affected by recent hurricanes.

  • bob ellerd

    Sanctuary state. If it wasn’t for the Sierra Nevadas, I would say screw them.

  • Fredster

    Finally! California has attained the same status as Puerto Rico!

  • Kevin Hagan

    Screw jerry brown!! and california!!
    I hate to be like that but hey, he has “snubbed the usa”
    And now he has set aside millions of dollars for a illegal alien deportation defense fund. use that money jerry brown.
    That was probably takin out of the last fed assist on the failed spillway in orroville.
    Sorry jerry brown and california.
    but if you seek the federal government’s assistance .
    you need to comply with federal laws. and also support the usa and its citizen’s, and the president of the united states!!!

  • socalpantherfan

    Y’All do know that there are Californians who oppose the sanctuary bs, are no friend of Jerry Brown, and some of us even voted for Trump… right?

    • Elizabeth A. Parks

      Another one right here. It’s even more frustrating when you feel your vote doesn’t count. On the upside, being here means a chance to change things.

    • Ja’Nette Ann Santos Schuetze

      Me too! Liberal morons in office and Berkley becoming a communist compound. Lawyer’s office in San Fran hanging a huge sign that say “F@#$ Trump” and City Code Enforcement has done squat. Red is all I see. Riverside County is pretty conservative, I wish the rest of California was as well.

  • Localdude

    I’m not sure that money…is the solution…to the problems in california & porto rica…also, not really sure that any money sent there – will actually make it to the ’emergencies’ – that they are unable to respond to presently….

  • Pinocchio Smith

    California became a sanctuary state just this week, right in the middle of all these fires. Not only should they not get fed money, they should be fined for global warming. Sorry, I don’t do well with mixed messages. Either you’re part of the U.S. or you ain’t.

  • Butthep

    Don’t give Jerry Brown a dime.

  • sue

    Can you give federal aid to a Sanctuary State….
    I dont think so….Hey Jerry Brown now look what
    MESS you got us in…..You have made a disaster of
    California.

    • aldoro

      Then educate your “fellow citizens”. Most of them HATE our president.

      • Elizabeth A. Parks

        trying

        • Jeff 8

          Hard to “educate” those that hate the president, when he gives them daily proof he is worth hating.

          • Elizabeth A. Parks

            President Trump is doing great things for our country every day. The response to one disaster after another has been organized and amazing. All people like you do is call names. Focus on the facts.

          • Jeff 8

            Everyone in Puerto Rico, other than Gov. Ricardo Rossello, disagrees with your statement. Logic dictates you should believe the 100s of interviewees on the ground rather than some grandiose lie from Trump. It’s creepy that ignore facts.

          • Elizabeth A. Parks

            You’ve spoken to everyone in Puerto Rico? I can offer the same kind of proof: Everyone in Puerto Rico, with the exception of one politician – a mayor I believe, is thankful for all the help they are getting. It’s creepy that you ignore facts.What fake news have you been listening to?

          • Jeff 8

            The live Facebook feeds of my veteran friends who are in Puerto Rico trying to reach the most isolated communities.

          • lynne

            Still whining because lying corrupt hillary lost

  • Shane Norkus

    rather than the feds (i.e. other United States taxpayers) bailing out Mexifornia’s mess, let them use their Sanctuary City funds to help fight Napa Valley’s fires. after all, it was illegal-aliens camping where they don’t belong that started the fires…

    • tedlv

      During the gasoline shortage in the 70s, the feds threatened to cut highway funding to states that refused to reduce interstate highway speeds to 55mph. There’s precedent. They should do the same for the sanctuary garbage.

  • zakarac

    HA! Poor guy in the pic…from Puerto Rico, now faces fire…

    Yeah Cali, remember who cared enough to fund your “great” state in a crisis!!

  • Sagev Sal

    My vote for California would be NO. They want to secede, let’s show them what that would look like.

    • Localdude

      …it would look like porto rica…

      • Jeff 8

        Puerto Rico, dude. Puerto Rico.

        • Localdude

          ..ah, grammer police…you bit dude. porto rico. on purpose. …and I rarely capitalize islam anymore. resist I say….read my other posts, substance over form; unlike Obama and every other slick con man, especially the GOP – who for years sounded ‘real nice’ – and so very well communicative – told us all to ‘calm down’ – whilst they hustled the USA almost too a non existent globalist ‘no boarders’ hell…so, porto rico! /; hey, just thought of another one, nfl…

          • Jeff 8

            Only in your head does your decision look sane.

          • Localdude

            oh…so, you read minds too. do you give psyche evals from posts as well? …is that really your pic or are you just ‘pretending’ today…lol…

          • Jeff 8

            You don’t even have a picture, snowflake.

          • Localdude

            in this venue no, so what’s the first rule, soldierboy? ‘do not antagonize the hostile locals’…right peacekeeper?

            I can speak more freely. I was trying to get on your discuss link, I could not at this time. if your for real, thanks for your service. we might be on the same team amigo

            if your not and your account is blind, bite me. I like EZ.

    • Elizabeth A. Parks

      Not all of us are liberal.

      • Sagev Sal

        No, but most are. Its the majority who keeps Cali in the trouble its in.

      • Fredster

        Most who aren’t are leaving…. we did years ago.

  • Diane Coto

    Even though most Californians hate him, he stands up and does the right thing. What a great leader we have! 🙂

    • I. Forgot 2

      Yes and I hope karma bites those morons in California that hate him for no reason, which is most of them.

      • Diane Coto

        Yep. I’ve heard it said, ‘karma is a b*tch.’ We’ll see. 🙂

        • Jeff 8

          69 GOP reps in the House voted AGAINST the aid package, did you know that?

  • TRStrunk

    Illegals cost us over a $100 billion a year…and all these disasters add up to only $37 billion. Just shows what a disaster illegals are to this country! Let the illegals fix the problem. They already have cost tax payers enough.

  • Aldo

    Million dollar homes – beautiful views – no homeowner’s insurance ??? WTF

  • VectorV

    Let ’em burn.

    • Ja’Nette Ann Santos Schuetze

      Sad to hear you say that. There are plenty of good people stuck under the ruling of these Liberal maniacs.

      • VectorV

        You’re right. I sometimes let frustrations get the better of me.

  • Erdnay

    Hate to see my tax money going to California.

  • Numerical Logic

    Honestly though I know the House has to but why do we need to vote on this. People are in danger and they need help. If this bill doesn’t go through…

    • TRStrunk

      The State of California has given the finger to the United States. Let them take care of the problem. Sorry I have no sympathy for the State nor the people who chose to live there. My HATE for them comes out of their dishonor to me and the rest of the country.

      • Numerical Logic

        Yeah I hear you, I hear you.