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Senate Democrats introduce new disaster aid package

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Leahy/Schumer proposal offers ups funding to Puerto Rico while also offering $2.5 billion of new funds for farmers in southeast and Midwest.

The Senate failed to advance a $13.5 billion disaster aid plan after Democrats did not support a key procedural vote April 1 over concerns it did not offer enough assistance to Puerto Rico. The original proposal, which would have offered aid to Midwestern farmers impacted by flooding as well as hurricane-stricken farmers in the southeast, tornadoes in Alabama and Georgia and western communities besieged by wildfires.

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