On Monday, the US Senate passed legislation that would set up a commission to look into how to increase the country’s capacity for rebuilding after the devastating hurricane.
But a few days later, the Senate voted to strip the bipartisan panel of its power to conduct its investigation.
The legislation was passed with just 50 votes, a far cry from the 60 it needed to pass.
And the House of Representatives has not yet taken up the measure.
While the Senate bill has garnered support from Democrats, it has faced opposition from Republicans who have warned that it will limit the government’s ability to fund projects.
So the Trump administration has decided to act unilaterally, without congressional approval.
“The president has decided that we need to get rid of the Congressional Review Act, and we’re going to go out and get a Congressional Review Board,” said John Walsh, a former Republican senator who serves as the US Treasury secretary.
“There is no way we can repeal this act and get rid on the day of an election, but we can try to get a review board.”
In a statement to the BBC, Mr Trump said the bill was needed to ensure that the “costs associated with rebuilding after a major hurricane do not exceed the costs incurred by rebuilding from any other major disaster”.
He also said he had spoken to Vice-President Mike Pence about the legislation.
Mr Trump has a history of taking aim at the Senate.
He has repeatedly called the Senate “obstructionists” and said that Republicans should not be allowed to act as if they were “the Senate”.
Earlier this year, Mr Pence was the first president to call for a review of the bill, and he argued that Congress needed to act in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
“We have a responsibility to take care of the American people and we have a constitutional obligation to do so,” he said.
We have no constitutional power to act with respect to Congress and no constitutional authority to put aside the legislative process to deal with a disaster.” “
I think there is a very serious constitutional problem here.
We have no constitutional power to act with respect to Congress and no constitutional authority to put aside the legislative process to deal with a disaster.”
The Senate bill is not the only bipartisan effort to reform the Senate’s power to review legislation.
In January, the House passed a bill that would have put a review agency under the purview of the Senate, but it was blocked by the White House.
The Senate’s bipartisan majority is unlikely to back that effort.
“This is a classic example of how the House has moved too fast, which is the Senate has to do things, and they will not do them,” said Mr Walsh.
“That’s not the way they want to do it.
That’s a very, very serious problem.”