Lawmaker Single-Handedly Blocks Disaster Relief Bill

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The House is set to have another "pro forma" session - one with few lawmakers present - on Tuesday, at which time they plan to again try to pass the legislation by unanimous consent.

The disaster-aid bill has been pending since a year ago, 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 measure has bipartisan support, was approved overwhelmingly in the Senate Thursday and has President Donald Trump's promise of his signature. Roy ultimately voted for McCarthy.

Rep. Chip Roy, Republican of Texas, objected. Texas was slammed by record floods in 2017, though not Roy's San Antonio-area district.

It took months for Congress and the White House to strike a deal, as negotiations between Republicans and Democrats stalled over funding to address the humanitarian crisis at the US-Mexico border and how to rebuild Puerto Rico two years after Hurricane Maria hit the USA territory.

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

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The relief measure would deliver money to Southern states suffering from last fall's hurricanes, Midwestern states deluged with springtime floods and fire-ravaged rural California, among others.

Congress will have to resolve the HHS funding issue quickly after lawmakers return, since the agency says it will have to start dipping into other program funds in order to fill an Office of Refugee Resettlement shortfall as early as June.

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. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer called it a "callous act". "Shame on them", the Maryland Democrat said of House Republicans in a statement. David Perdue. "We're just trying to work out some detailed language, but we didn't think we could wait any longer to get this done".

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. That demand had proved contentious, and leaving it out sidestepped a fight over immigration that had further complicated the delicate disaster-aid negotiations. "Money for agencies that are now running on fumes".

Representative Chip Roy, a first-term Republican, objected to holding the vote, citing concerns that the legislation did not include $4.5 billion Trump had requested to deal with a surge of Central American immigrants on the southwestern border.

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