Disaster Aid Bill Stalled After Republican Blocks House Vote

Disaster Aid Bill Stalled After Republican Blocks House Vote

Democrats let loose their ire on the Representative Chip Roy, the Texas Republican who on Friday blocked a vote on the bipartisan relief agreement.

The bill, which would include much-needed assistance to states struck by floods, storms and fire, and aid for Puerto Rico, which suffered substantial damage in 2017 from Hurricane Maria, the most powerful storm to hit Puerto Rico in nearly 90 year, will now be held up until early June, when lawmakers return to Washington.

The legislation will now likely be passed when the House returns from its vacation in two weeks.

Under House rules, it only took one opposing member to derail the vote.

Ted Lieu on Friday after Lieu accused the Texas congressman of harming Americans who were impacted by disasters exclusively to make a political point.

Senator Lindsey Graham has shown great loyalty to President Donald Trump over the past two years or so, particularly in what critics see as a shameless and diametric rhetorical difference from what the SC senator said of then-candidate Trump during the GOP primaries.

Democrats plan to try again to use a procedural vote to pass the bill next Tuesday, but if Roy objects again they plan to hold a full House vote on the bill when the House returns in early June after its Memorial Day break.

Ted Cruz, objected to speeding the measure through a almost empty chamber, also complaining that it does not contain any of President Donald trump's $4.5 billion request for dealing with a migrant refugee crisis on the U.S. -Mexico border.

"There's no reason" why the bill should not have also included "the quite modest $4.4 billion" the White House requested for the wall, Roy said on the House floor. Puerto Rico would also get help for hurricane recovery, ending a months-long dispute between Trump and powerful Democrats like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

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.

The disaster-aid bill has been pending since previous year, and the slow pace of talks has frustrated lawmakers of both parties, especially as past disaster bills have often been bipartisan and rarely featured the delays or rancor that has accompanied this one.

The border money was just one of the hiccups in the disaster bill.

"After President Trump and Senate Republicans delayed disaster relief for more than four months, it is deeply disappointing that House Republicans are now making disaster victims wait even longer to get the help they need", House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey, D-N.Y., said in a statement after Roy's objection.

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



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