Rubio's Disaster-Relief Focus Now on Helping Eastern Shipbuilding with Its Giant USCG Contract

A U.S. Coast Guard offshore patrol cutter

The U.S. House is expected to vote Friday on a multibillion-dollar disaster aid package for all kinds of recent disasters, including tornadoes, wildfires, and Hurricanes Florence, Michael, Harvey, and Irma.

It’s likely to be the largest disaster-aid package ever, thanks to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. and Congressman Matt Gaetz,  R-Fla.

Last week, riding with President Trump aboard Air Force One, somewhere between Washington and Panama City, Florida, Rubio and Gaetz convinced the president to break all the rules and fatten the disaster package to take into account Hurricane Michael’s virtually unheard of 155-mph winds.  

“Today I’m doing the most allowed by law to support the people of Florida,” Trump said at the rally a few hours after Air Force One landed. “Because of the severity of the storm — Category 5 — we will have the federal government pay for 90 percent of the cost in many circumstances.”

A brilliant maneuver. Trump doesn’t take Florida without the Panhandle. Read POLITICO Florida’s May 9 story to see exactly how Rubio and Gaetz worked their magic.

There’s a lot more riding on this disaster aid package for Northwest Florida than paying for debris cleanup. Rubio knows

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