Originally, Dianne Feinstein voted for the disaster relief fund, much of it going to California wildfire victims, but then Chuck Schumer pulled her to the side and lectured her. She then changed her vote to no. Effectively, she put her party above her constituents.
Democrats claim they voted against the bill because it did not have enough money for Puerto Rico. There was $610 million dollars for Puerto Rico that received more money in disaster funds that Florida and Texas combined.
Personally, I think it’s time to give Puerto Rico their freedom and for us to pull out of there completely.
Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein changed her vote on a disaster relief package that would have provided aid to California communities devastated by the wildfires after Minority Leader Chuck Schumer approached her on the Senate floor.
Feinstein voted in favor of the $13.5 billion package for disaster relief from recent floods, hurricanes and wildfires on Monday, however, only seconds after casting her vote, Schumer confronted Feinstein. Following the conversation, Feinstein immediately walked to the clerk and flipped her vote to “nay.”
The disaster relief package combined aid for a variety of natural disasters the country experienced, including support to southern farmers, California towns hit by wildfires and mudslides and states such as Georgia, Florida and North Carolina that were hit by hurricanes. Moreover, the legislation would provide funding to rebuild military bases in Florida and North Carolina that were destroyed during the hurricanes.
Feinstein has been an outspoken advocate for funding California’s wildfire recovery effort. The California senator called for more than $9 billion in federal funding in November after wildfires raged across the state causing billions worth of damage.