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house Bill H.R. 5687

Providing Over $4.6 Billion in Disaster Relief for Puerto Rico Plus $15 Billion in Tax Relief for Puerto Rico & the Virgin Islands

Argument in favor

This bill would provide much needed disaster relief to Puerto Rico and give the Puerto Ricans and other residents of U.S. territories impacted by disaster tax relief.

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02/07/2020
Why can’t someone, anyone, just tell trump the much needed ‘truth’ that he needs to hear; that Puerto Rico is actually a part of Scandinavia, land of the blond bombshell Swedish stewardesses- he would certainly expedite and augment the funds, maybe even repurposing ‘wall’ funding, while getting his sons to start setting up the pageant.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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02/07/2020
We ARE LEGALLY OBLIGATED TO HELP THEM!!! This is more than 3 million Americans!! DO YOUR JOB AND HELP OUR CITIZENS!
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Leslie's Opinion
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02/07/2020
Puerto Rico never fully recovered from the hurricanes & now have been hit with earthquakes!
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Argument opposed

There is $8 billion in unspent disaster relief that has already been allocated to Puerto Rico. Democrats shouldn’t allocate more until it becomes clear it will be needed.

KAG-2020's Opinion
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02/07/2020
NO- Accountability for aid already sent!!? 👉Urgent: THE NEW WAY FORWARD ACT- Creating a Campground/Complete Open Borders of our country- run by criminals. The DNC bill would entirely remake our immigration system, with the explicit purpose of ensuring that criminals are able to move here, and settle here permanently, with impunity. What could be more destructive than changing U.S. law, specifically to allow rapists, child molesters, and drug dealers to stay in America? How about this: Using taxpayer money to bring deported criminals back into America. The bill orders the government to create a “pathway for those previously deported to apply to return to their homes and families in the United States,” as long as they would have been eligible to stay under the new law. The Department of Homeland Security must spend taxpayer dollars transporting convicted criminal illegal aliens back into the United States. Who will be eligible for these free flights? Tens of thousands of people kicked out of this country for all kinds of crimes. Sexual abuse. Robbery. Assault. Drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, human trafficking. A growing wing of the Democratic Party views America as essentially illegitimate – a rogue state, in which everything must be destroyed and remade: our laws, our institutions, our freedoms, our history and our values. That’s the point of all this, of course. An entirely new country, in which resistance is crushed, and communists/fascists/criminals are in charge forever.
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Caren's Opinion
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02/07/2020
No. Money was given. Aid was given. If the government didn’t distribute to their citizenry what makes us think the government will be noble enough to help their people going forward?? I’m fine with helping these people who need it after a disaster but have no tolerance when a government doesn’t help and abuses their people but lines their own pockets. Not laughing and absolutely no tolerance for this!!
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Just.Dave's Opinion
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02/07/2020
We already sent them money. The politicians lined their own pockets and now they want more. Typical of dems. Here we go, racist democrats gotta make this about race too, as they do with everything else. You all disgust me. Let's make America Reagan red again, vote out all of the dems in 2020! If you would go back to my first posts on this issue, I said we should send them aid immediately. After obama opened his stupid mouth and said that we should send aid, I changed my mind. Who does he think he is? He can send his own money. Continue to do the opposite of 44! That's how you keep America great!
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed February 7th, 2020
    Roll Call Vote 237 Yea / 161 Nay
    IntroducedJanuary 28th, 2020

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What is House Bill H.R. 5687?

This bill would provide $4.67 billion in disaster relief for Puerto Rico and modify the tax code to provide $15 billion in tax relief for residents of Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories.

The $4.67 billion in FY2020 supplemental appropriations for disaster relief would be for programs within the following agencies:

  • Dept. of Energy;

  • Dept. of Education;

  • Federal Highway Administration;

  • Dept. of Housing and Urban Development; and

  • Dept. of Agriculture. 

The programs in those agencies receiving funding would address issues such as:

  • Cybersecurity, energy security, and emergency response;

  • Electric grid;

  • Educational needs of individuals affected by natural disasters and emergencies;

  • Repairs to roads affected by natural disasters and emergencies;

  • Community development; and

  • Disaster nutrition assistance.

This bill would also expand tax credits and other tax rules (totaling roughly $15.385 billion over the 2020-2030 period) for residents of Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories, including:

  • The child tax credit;

  • The earned income tax credit (EITC);

  • The low-income housing tax credit;

  • The new markets tax credit;

  • The amount of distilled spirits excise tax paid to the treasuries of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands; and

  • An employee retention tax credit.

Impact

Puerto Rico & the Virgin Islands; the tax code; and relevant federal agencies.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 5687

$20.06 Billion
The CBO estimates that enacting this bill’s disaster relief provisions would cost $4.674 billion over the 2020-2030 period and its tax provisions would reduce revenues by $15.385 billion over the same period.

More Information

In-Depth: House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) introduced this bill to provide additional disaster relief and tax relief to Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories impacted by natural disasters:

“Our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico have urgent needs following recent earthquakes. While President Trump has finally released some of the aid Congress has already appropriated for hurricanes, more support is clearly needed. House Democrats’ emergency supplemental appropriations bills provides targeted assistance to help families and communities recover from these devastating earthquakes and puts the island on a better path to long-term recovery.”

The White House released a statement of administration policy expressing opposition to this bill and threatening to veto it, which noted the federal government has provided $44 billion in disaster relief to Puerto Rico for various disasters and that $8 billion of the total remains unspent:

“This misguided bill would add $4.7 billion on top of all of the billions already allocated to Puerto Rico, and its restrictive provisions would prevent the Administration from ensuring these funds are well-spent. Additionally, the creation of in excess of $15 billion in new federal subsidies through the tax code would add billions of dollars to the deficit and undermine efforts to put the Commonwealth on a path to sustained economic growth and fiscal self-sufficiency.”

Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStock.com / pawel.gaul)

AKA

Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief and Puerto Rico Disaster Tax Relief Act, 2020

Official Title

Making emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2020, and for other purposes.

    Why can’t someone, anyone, just tell trump the much needed ‘truth’ that he needs to hear; that Puerto Rico is actually a part of Scandinavia, land of the blond bombshell Swedish stewardesses- he would certainly expedite and augment the funds, maybe even repurposing ‘wall’ funding, while getting his sons to start setting up the pageant.
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    NO- Accountability for aid already sent!!? 👉Urgent: THE NEW WAY FORWARD ACT- Creating a Campground/Complete Open Borders of our country- run by criminals. The DNC bill would entirely remake our immigration system, with the explicit purpose of ensuring that criminals are able to move here, and settle here permanently, with impunity. What could be more destructive than changing U.S. law, specifically to allow rapists, child molesters, and drug dealers to stay in America? How about this: Using taxpayer money to bring deported criminals back into America. The bill orders the government to create a “pathway for those previously deported to apply to return to their homes and families in the United States,” as long as they would have been eligible to stay under the new law. The Department of Homeland Security must spend taxpayer dollars transporting convicted criminal illegal aliens back into the United States. Who will be eligible for these free flights? Tens of thousands of people kicked out of this country for all kinds of crimes. Sexual abuse. Robbery. Assault. Drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, human trafficking. A growing wing of the Democratic Party views America as essentially illegitimate – a rogue state, in which everything must be destroyed and remade: our laws, our institutions, our freedoms, our history and our values. That’s the point of all this, of course. An entirely new country, in which resistance is crushed, and communists/fascists/criminals are in charge forever.
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    We ARE LEGALLY OBLIGATED TO HELP THEM!!! This is more than 3 million Americans!! DO YOUR JOB AND HELP OUR CITIZENS!
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    Puerto Rico never fully recovered from the hurricanes & now have been hit with earthquakes!
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    Donald Trump maligns Puerto Rico because of its location. The residents, in his warped philosophy, have positioned themselves in the direct path of hurricanes and haven't done anything constructive to ward off earthquakes, just to irritate him. He has pronounced that the citizens of Seoul should just move somewhere to avoid Kim Jong-un's wrath, and he no doubt envisions the same kind of lunatic solution for Puerto Rico. His abiding purpose, though, is to rid the planet of people who don't resemble him and who are too poor to be robbed by him. We are unforgivably late in sending emergency relief to Puerto Rico. Somebody please hurry!
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    Puerto Rico IS PART OF THE US!!! Help our fellow Americans. It is beyond disgusting, pathetic, and despicable to not help Americans in need. To my corrupt nazi “reps”: Simpson, Risch, & CRAPo remember God is judging you, and so are WE THE PEOPLE!!!
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    Puerto Rico has been treated horribly by President Trump. Congress allocated $20 Billion in Disaster Relief to assist in its recovery from the devastation done by the 2017 hurricane. Just 2 months ago Trump FINALLY released $16 Billion of that money--but only after the recent earthquakes had occurred! He had withheld 80% of the Disaster Relief funds for more than 2 YEARS! Oh yeah, Trump has added stipulations to further impede this spending because the money cannot be used to pay workers at the Puerto Rican lawful minimum wage! And they cannot use the money for their out-of-date and decrepit electrical power plant!
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    They’re Americans. Fix them.
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    Yes, Yes. yes. For those of you who think Puerto Rico is SOMEWHAT UNDER OUR JURISDICTION- FOR GOD’S SAKE. THEY HAVE BEEN A REAL PART OF THE UNITED STATES FOR OVER 150 YEARS. THEY ARE AMERICANS. Disaster Relief should have been done a long tune ago. Trump & his minions have NO EMPATHY. They care for NO ONE BUT THEMSELVES & THEIR POCKETS.
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    Puerto Rico needs help. It still hasn’t received aid promised after Hurricane María. 3.3 million American citizens live there, lest we forget.
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    They did have an earthquake recently. If Texas or Florida had a earthquake how much would be allocated in an election year?
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    They are U.S territories !!!! Why would we not try to help them as much as possible ?! C’mon now!
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    human lives and well beings matter
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    They are Americans. If it was Texas or Louisiana what would the answer be?
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    No matter what your party is, not matter where you fall on the spectrum, this needs to be done
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    Puerto Rico is US territory, the people are US citizens. Regardless of these facts, the bottom line is humanitarian aid us needed. It's the right thing to do.
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    We owe them . They are part of the USA
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    No. Money was given. Aid was given. If the government didn’t distribute to their citizenry what makes us think the government will be noble enough to help their people going forward?? I’m fine with helping these people who need it after a disaster but have no tolerance when a government doesn’t help and abuses their people but lines their own pockets. Not laughing and absolutely no tolerance for this!!
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    We already sent them money. The politicians lined their own pockets and now they want more. Typical of dems. Here we go, racist democrats gotta make this about race too, as they do with everything else. You all disgust me. Let's make America Reagan red again, vote out all of the dems in 2020! If you would go back to my first posts on this issue, I said we should send them aid immediately. After obama opened his stupid mouth and said that we should send aid, I changed my mind. Who does he think he is? He can send his own money. Continue to do the opposite of 44! That's how you keep America great!
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    Our citizens in PR are still suffering!
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