Monday, May 27, 2019

Freshman House Republican Blocks Disaster Relief Bill, Says Rush To Passage Chortchanges Border

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A Republican on Friday blocked the disaster spending bill from speedy passage through the House, meaning it will be June before the chamber is able to return in full to approve the measure.
Democrats lashed out, saying the move was spiteful and would delay money getting to needy people.
But Rep. Chip Roy, a first-term Texas Republican whose objection derailed passage, said it was wrong to try to pass a $19.1 billion bill after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had sent lawmakers home for a 10-day Memorial Day vacation.
Mr. Roy also said the bill lacked the $4.5 billion President Trump asked for to take care of the border crisis.
“We’ve had months to figure this out,” Mr. Roy said.
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