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HERE'S WHERE CONGRESS' DISASTER BILL STANDS TODAY
POLITICO reports:

McConnell announced Tuesday that the Senate will vote on a disaster relief measure next week, before lawmakers leave town for the Memorial Day recess, reports Pro Budget's Caitlin Emma. The Kentucky Republican said the chamber "hopefully" will vote on legislation that Trump is willing to sign.

The House passed its latest disaster aid bill last week, but congressional leaders and the White House have been working toward a bipartisan deal that can pass both chambers and garner the president's signature. Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said Tuesday that negotiators are on the verge of an agreement.

So what's the holdup? Parochial interests of McConnell, Shelby and Trump are among the last outstanding issues. McConnell, a staunch supporter of the hemp industry, is looking to include language to ensure hemp farmers receive crop insurance by 2020.

Shelby is pushing for a provision to free up more money for harbor maintenance - and ensure the funds aren't raided for other needs - a potential boon to ports and harbors in his home state.

The White House has homed in on border security once again. Trump is seeking $4.5 billion in emergency funds to bolster border operations, but many Democrats aren't on board. (None of the requested funds are for a border wall, according to the administration.)

Resolved: Negotiators said the biggest points of contention are nearly settled, with both sides now agreeing to provide Puerto Rico with hundreds of millions in additional funding.


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