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Supplement Disaster Assistance

Sen. Scott (R-FL) and other Republicans have called for passing disaster relief separately from the rest of the emergency package, fearing extensive debates over Ukraine aid and border security could delay relief to hard-hit areas.  President Biden rejected that suggestion and additional funding for Ukraine continues to face resistance from some GOP conservatives. In a draft letter to White House Budget Director Young, Rep. Roy (R-TX) and Sen. Vance (R-OH) said they would oppose additional aid because they have too many unanswered questions on how previously appropriated money was spent. However, yesterday Senator McConnell made a pitch for the emergency money, both for national security and disaster relief. "We need to continue to invest in America's defense industrial base -- both to support our partners in today's fight and help our own forces deter tomorrow's threats."