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One potential loser in the new GOP tax bill: Puerto Rico

December 21, 2017
Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post
Puerto Rico’s governor is warning that the sweeping tax plan passed by congressional Republicans on Wednesday could deliver a “crippling blow” to the island’s already-fragile economy, still reeling from the effects of major hurricanes.
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John Cornyn holds up top White House nominee

October 20, 2017
Jonathan Swan | Axios
Cornyn — a member of Senate leadership who has a strong say over the floor schedule — has made it clear that Vought will be held up until he gets more funding for Texas' hurricane relief, according to three sources close to the situation.
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Reversing Course, Trump Seeks to Reassure Puerto Rico

October 13, 2017
Peter Baker | The New York Times
President Trump sought to reassure Puerto Rico on Friday that he was not abandoning the hurricane-ravaged island, shifting his message a day after blaming its leadership for the territory’s ongoing crisis and warning that he "cannot keep” federal troops and emergency workers “in P.R. forever.”
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White House asks for $30 billion in emergency disaster aid

October 5, 2017
Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post
The White House on Wednesday asked Congress for nearly $30 billion in new funding to pay for a wave of natural disasters, including hurricanes in Texas, Florida and island territories and wildfires scorching western states.
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