Fox "hard news" anchor allows Sen. Rick Scott to falsely blame Sen. Chuck Schumer for failure to pass disaster relief bills

Fox "hard news" anchor allows Sen. Rick Scott to falsely blame Sen. Chuck Schumer for failure to pass disaster relief bills 

The most recent disaster relief bill failed because the Trump administration pushed to add border funding and reduce funding for Puerto Rico

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From the May 9 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom: 

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SEN. RICK SCOTT (R-FL): I think everybody ought to be frustrated with what's going on with this disaster relief. The -- we're 211 days since Hurricane Michael hit our panhandle, and it was devastating, a Category 5 storm. All right, the president can't pass a bill for disaster relief, only Congress. Chuck Schumer maybe doesn't care about the panhandle of Florida, maybe doesn't care about Puerto Rico, but he is not getting this -- he is stopping this bill from getting done. It makes no sense to me. We have our military, we got Camp Lejeune, we've got AUTEC [U.S. Navy's Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center], we've got down there, Tyndall [Air Force Base]. Why doesn't Chuck Schumer care about our military? That's what's going on here. This is Chuck Schumer saying he thinks it's good politics to try to stop this president. 

BILL HEMMER (CO-ANCHOR): But you of all people know as a former governor in that state what it takes to get it done. And for the people that are still looking for answers, what do you tell them? 

SCOTT: I told them last night, call Chuck Schumer. Ask Chuck Schumer why he doesn't care about Florida. Ask him why he doesn't care about the panhandle. I made sure in the bill that the Republican Senate proposed, that Chuck Schumer stopped, that we had money for Puerto Rico, disaster relief, food and nutrition money that was not in there before. I mean, think about this, Bill. After Maria I went to Puerto Rico and said what do you need? I worked with FEMA. We opened up relief centers in Florida. Did Chuck Schumer do that in New York? No. Did he get regulations waived for people to get jobs, the kids who get into schools in New York? No, so he is just now late to the game trying to say, oh, the Democrats care about Puerto Rico when they don't. What we did, we worried about Puerto Rico but Chuck Schumer complained when Sandy, when Hurricane Sandy, hit he didn't get his money and took a whole 74 days. We're 211 days and it's one person. The president is trying to get this done. It is Chuck Schumer, and everybody ought to call him and say why don't you care.

HEMMER: OK.

Related:

Washington Post: New obstacle for disaster aid bill as Trump administration pushes to add border funding

Previously:

Study finds 5,000 people may have died from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Cable news focused on Roseanne instead.

Fox reporter calls Trump's suggestion that Maria's death toll in Puerto Rico is a hoax part of "his feud with Puerto Rican officials"

Sean Hannity defends Trump administration response to Maria in Puerto Rico because "billions and billions of dollars" were spent

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