WASHINGTON: The US House of Representatives on Tuesday (May 28) failed again to pass a US$19.1 billion disaster aid bill supported by President Donald Trump after a Republican lawmaker objected to the measure.Following Senate passage of the legislation last Thursday by a vote of 85-8, House Democratic leaders had hoped to win quick, unanimous approval of the bill on a voice vote and send it to Trump for his expected signature.But with most lawmakers out of town for a recess until Jun 4, individual House Republicans have been able to block passage twice - once last Friday and again on Tuesday - by demanding an official roll call vote. Such action would have to wait until the full House returns to work next week.House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Democrats will try again to pass the bill on a voice vote Thursday. If that does not work, Hoyer predicted the measure will pass "overwhelmingly" when the House returns next week. A national flood insurance program, which the … [Read more...] about Disaster aid bill worth US$19.1b blocked again in US House
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WASHINGTON: The US House on Friday (May 10) approved US$19.1 billion in disaster relief to help hard-hit communities like Puerto Rico, but President Donald Trump opposes the package which faces party bickering over funding.On the eve of the vote in the Democratic-controlled chamber, Trump urged Republicans to reject the "BAD DEMOCRAT Disaster Supplemental Bill" and continue negotiating on the emergency package aimed at providing recovery assistance to Americans affected by storms, wildfires and floods.But in a rebuke of Trump, 34 Republicans joined Democrats in supporting the measure, which cleared the House of Representatives 257-150.At a Florida rally on Thursday, Trump wrongly said Puerto Rico, a US territory, had already received US$91 billion in disaster aid in the wake of deadly 2017 hurricanes that devastated the island.Puerto Rico has been promised about half that amount and spent just US$11 billion, according to a Washington Post fact check.House Appropriations … [Read more...] about House passes US$19.1 billion disaster relief, Trump opposed
The beautiful, sun-kissed islands of our tourism paradise of the Philippines have the mixed blessings of abundant natural resources, fertile volcanic soil and also lots of natural disasters once in a while, such as earthquakes, volcanoes erupting, typhoons, and others. How can businesses — most especially the numerous micro, small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) — be prepared for any natural or manmade disasters? How can small enterprises and professionals survive calamities and accidents? The following is not based just on textbook research or interviews, but I personally suffered a destructive accidental fire in one of my businesses and it was caused by the fire from a next-door neighbor’s business (which had mysteriously been allowed to operate by the fire department without any fire extinguishers, while my staff had to use up to 13 units of 10-kilo and 20-kilo fire extinguishers). Here are suggestions for all of us: Review and be sure to update your … [Read more...] about How can small businesses & professionals prepare for disasters?