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Senate Passes Disaster Aid Package Lawmaker Blocks House Approval
Senate Passes Disaster Aid Package Lawmaker Blocks House Approval

first_img ADC AUTHOR The GOP-controlled Senate easily passed a $19.1 billion disaster aid package Thursday after lawmakers persuaded President Donald Trump to pull border aid from the stalled bill, CQ reported Thursday.The aid package included $2.7 billion to help military installations damaged by Hurricanes Florence and Michael last year and in flooding this year, including Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and Camp Lejeune, N.C.House lawmakers had already left for their Memorial Day recess, but the leadership attempted approval by unanimous consent Friday.That effort was blocked by Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas), a House Freedom Caucus member, who objected that the chamber had left Washington without holding a debate and floor vote, The Hill reported.“I’m here today primarily because if I do not object, Congress will have passed into law a bill that spends $19 billion of taxpayer money without members of Congress being present in our nation’s Capitol to vote on it,” Roy said on the floor.“Secondly, it’s a bill that includes nothing to address the clear national emergency and humanitarian crisis we have at our southern border,” he added.If approved, the measure would have gone to the president for his signature.Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Taylor Cooperlast_img read more