From a hurricane that hit Panama City to the wildfire that tore through Paradise, California, Americans affected by natural disasters have one thing in common right now:
There's no money coming from Congress to help with rebuilding. https://nbcnews.to/2HQtzRE (1/8)
As communities deal with billions of dollars in damage, many have looked to the federal government for crucial disaster aid — only to grow increasingly frustrated as partisan politics in Washington stalled a relief bill 3 times in less than a week. (2/8)
Jim Webb, a farmer 140 miles northeast of Panama City, said he lost all his vegetables and much of his cotton due to Hurricane Michael.
He’s not sure if he or many of his neighbors can keep farming without support from the disaster bill. http://nbcnews.to/2HQtzRE (3/8)
“I mean what the hell is going on? It’s just damn sickening to see our representatives up there that don’t think about what they’re doing. They’ve got lives in their hands,” Webb said. http://nbcnews.to/2HQtzRE (4/8)
The delays come as 3 Republican lawmakers blocked votes to pass the bipartisan $19.1B disaster aid bill, most recently on Thursday. http://nbcnews.to/2HQtzRE (5/8)
The last objection was voiced by Rep. John Rose who said the spending was “another act of irresponsible big government.”
Rep. Chip Roy and Rep. Thomas Massie blocked the bill in prior votes, citing costs and a need to fund the White House’s border spending. (6/8)
With Saturday marking the first day of hurricane season, the line of those who need disaster relief funding grows longer by the day.
And though the disaster aid bill could be passed next week, the funding simply can’t come soon enough. http://nbcnews.to/2HQtzRE (7/8)
“We need it tomorrow,” Jim Webb said. “Once they do pass it, it’s going to take 6 to 10 weeks to even distribute it out. These farmers are devastated all the way to the coast. It’s been an ass-kicker. Something has got to be done.” http://nbcnews.to/2HQtzRE (8/8) #NBCNewsThreads
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