WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has signed a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill aimed at helping communities across the country bounce back from hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and fires.
Trump tweeted a photo of himself Thursday holding the signed bill in what appeared to his office aboard Air Force One. The tweet came shortly after Trump landed in Ireland following a ceremony in France commemorating the D-Day invasion.
Trump says the aid, which will benefit states including Nebraska, is: "So important for our GREAT American farmers and ranchers."
Gov. Pete Ricketts thanked Trump and the state's congressional delegation in a news release. “This new relief will greatly aid Nebraskans, and especially our farmers and ranchers, as we continue to rebuild bigger and better than before,” he said.
Steve Nelson, president of the Nebraska Farm Bureau, said the disaster bill includes roughly $3 billion to cover crop damage, including additional funding for farmers prevented from planting due to the floods, as well as payments for stored grain that was damaged. The bill also provides $558 million for farmers and ranchers to use for fence repair and debris removal, including clearing sand from farm fields.
The bill languished for months amid disputes over Trump's demand for border funding, as well as additional aid for Puerto Rico, which Trump opposed.
Trump nonetheless tweeted the U.S. territory "should love President Trump," claiming that, "Without me, they would have been shut out!"