Gaetz: Disaster relief money being held hostage by Democrats | Guestview
The last time Donald Trump visited this (Panama City) area of Florida was in October 2016. He was just a presidential candidate that no one in the mainstream media gave a chance of winning, and I was just a state representative who knew the media were grossly misreading the presidential race back then.
It’s amazing how much things can change in just a couple of years. Now, Trump is a wildly successful president of the United States, and I couldn’t be more proud to welcome him to Panama City Beach as your Representative in the U.S. Congress.
One thing that hasn’t changed, unfortunately, is our beloved state’s place right at the heart of Hurricane Alley. When President Trump spoke here in 2016, our fellow Floridians on the other side of the state were in the path of Hurricane Matthew’s Category 5 destruction. As he returns this week, it’s our corner of the state that’s still in the midst of recovery from Hurricane Michael, which made landfall on Oct. 10 just miles from the podium that President Trump will speak from.
It’s shameful that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats are holding disaster relief money hostage by adding entirely unrelated items to emergency aid legislation. I’m currently working with local leaders to convince my colleagues in the House to pass a clean disaster relief bill and get badly-needed supplemental funds to the Panhandle and other affected areas.
I can’t help but think that if Michael had made landfall in a blue district, instead of one like ours that voted for Donald Trump by a 40-point margin, that relief money wouldn’t be experiencing this kind of holdup. Regardless of whether my suspicions are correct, the President has been a steadfast ally to us on this. We’re going to get that relief, and I know Donald Trump is eagerly waiting for Congress to get a bill to his desk.
Anyone who doubts that should remember that President Trump comes to Panama City Beach with a proven record of success for the American people. Just as he promised during the campaign against Hillary Clinton, for instance, President Trump has upended decades of failure in American trade policy to let our steel and aluminum industries win again.
With China still refusing to make the necessary concessions to deliver a fair and lasting trade agreement that will benefit both countries, President Trump is again, this very week, showing he is prepared to enact additional counter-tariffs and sanctions in defense of American industry.
That courageous approach differs fundamentally from the philosophy of previous administrations, and it’s delivering results those administrations considered impossible. America First means American workers will always be the top priority, and that ethos has led to a broad policy agenda that has delivered more than 5 million new jobs since Trump took office and the lowest unemployment rate since the 1960s.
Despite the still-growing strength of the Trump economy, however, we all know that Americans are still facing grave challenges, as well. Health care costs and drug prices are spiraling still out of control. We need to reach a solution that will untangle the mess that Obamacare has saddled us with while protecting coverage for preexisting conditions. The President has committed himself to that goal, and will continue providing the leadership we need to achieve it.
We may have rounded a corner in the opioid epidemic, but the worst drug crisis in American history is still killing tens of thousands of our sons, daughters, friends, and neighbors each year, including far too many in this very congressional district. President Trump and his Justice Department have been instrumental in the gains we’ve made so far in reining in this crisis. From fighting drugs at the border to treating the problem in our communities, Donald Trump and I remain committed to winning the war against opioid addiction.
In this fight and so many others, delivering President Trump a second term will be absolutely essential. That’s why I’m so proud to join him for Wednesday’s rally, and I hope you and your family will be there, too.