Published: Mon, May 27, 2019
Medical | By Mark Scott

Lawmaker Single-Handedly Blocks Disaster Relief Bill

Lawmaker Single-Handedly Blocks Disaster Relief Bill

Roy's objection delays consideration of the bill until at least June 3, when lawmakers return. In addition to the bill's lack of border funding and potential to add to the debt, Roy cited the bill's fast-tracked passage as reason for dissent. Thanks to a maneuver by U.S. Sens.

But since the House did not go through regular, more time-consuming procedures, it needed the consent of all of its current 432 members to approve the bill.

The nay: Many members of the House already have left DC for the Memorial Day holiday, and thus Nancy Pelosi aimed to get the relief bill passed not by a typical roll-call vote but by the unanimous consent of members present, reports the Hill.

Roy also complained that the cost of the bill was not offset by savings to other government programs.

Criticizing Speaker Pelosi for recessing the House knowing this bill would come to the floor, Roy said, "I stayed in D.C.to object because this kind of swampy practice is what Texans elected me to stand against". When asked if and how he would vote then, Roy said, "We'll see".

Trump said Thursday that he meant to support the legislation anyway.

Talks this week over Trump's border request broke down, however, over conditions Democrats wanted to place on money to provide care and shelter for asylum-seeking Central American migrants.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., accused Democrats of insisting on "poison pills" that made the talks collapse. Other Republicans, especially those trying to project a bipartisan image for next year's campaign, were more circumspect.

Catch and Release data obtained and reported on by Breitbart News' John Binder found that between May 14 and May 21, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released about 7,900 border crossers and illegal aliens into the interior of the United States. "We'll bring it up again and again until everybody gets back, but hopefully it'll get done next week".

A few days after a red-faced meltdown in defense of drug makers taking as much profit as they damn well please, the Republican lawmaker has singlehandedly held up an aid package that would flow $4 billion to parts of Texas prone to hurricane damage.

Trump rushed to try to claim credit, too, though his budget office never submitted an official request for the disaster aid. The bill also doles out relief for farmers facing subpar crop yields from flooding and even contains unrelated provisions like expanding federal crop subsidies for hemp.

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