Donald Trump stepped in to cut Medicaid funding for Puerto Rico by more than half of the original amount that was agreed to during bipartisan negotiations, according to a new report.
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Despite all that, the president reportedly intervened to remove $6.3bn (£4.8bn) in funding from Puerto Rico in the budget before it went up for a vote and was passed by the House earlier this week.
The US territory was left with just $5.7bn (£4.4bn) in Medicaid funding in the congressional budget.
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News of the president’s intervention in the congressional spending bill was first reported by Politico, which cited four unidentified sources familiar with the discussions.
But the agreement poses potentially significant issues for Puerto Rico, which, like other US territories, has its federal funding for programmes like Medicaid capped by the administration. »