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GOP senator infuriated after House Republican single-handedly kills disaster relief bill

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A lone Republican congressman killed a disaster relief bill for his own state — infuriating at least one GOP senator.

The House failed to passed a $19 billion bill providing disaster aid that had already passed through the Senate to assist relief efforts for states and territories hit by earthquakes, flooding, hurricanes and wildfires, reported Roll Call.

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House members tried to pass the measure during a pro forma session Friday by unanimous consent since many lawmakers had already left for a weeklong Memorial Day recess on Thursday.

But Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) objected because the bill didn’t provide funding for border security.

“Our nation is strong enough, and compassionate enough, to have a responsive and fiscally responsive approach to help people who are hurting in the wake of natural disasters,” Roy argued.

The Senate had passed the relief bill 85-8 on Thursday evening, after President Donald Trump agreed to support the measure despite its exclusion of $4.5 billion for the border the White House and GOP lawmakers had demanded.

Roy’s objection angered Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who complained the relief package was unnecessarily delayed.

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The U.S. House tried to pass #DisasterRelief bill by voice vote but unfortunately it had one member object. This means bill will not head to @potus until the full House votes on it. They are adjourned until Tuesday, May 28th so that is the earliest it will be voted on

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The bill would have provided about $900 million to Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from Hurricane Maria in 2017, and also require the Trump administration to make almost $9 billion available to the U.S. territory — despite the president’s opposition to extending additional aid to the island.


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