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Lawmaker Single-Handedly Blocks Disaster Relief Bill

Conservative Rep. Chip Roy of Texas objects and scuttles $19B in aid, temporarily
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2019 1:05 PM CDT
In this Jan. 3, 2019, file photo, Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, right, is sworn into office.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

(Newser) – Chip Roy is a freshman congressman from Texas who just blipped onto the national political radar with a controversial move. The conservative Republican single-handedly blocked approval of a $19.1 billion relief bill Friday for regions around the US recovering from hurricanes and other disasters. The details of what happened, and why:

  • 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. House Republican leaders were on board, and the move was supposed to be a slam dunk. Then Roy voiced his objection, and the procedure failed, per Roll Call.
  • Why: Roy complained that the bill would raise the national debt without providing offsets, doesn't include money "to address the clear national emergency and humanitarian crisis we have at our southern border," and deserves a full debate and regular vote on the House floor.

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