SW Georgia Disaster Relief Hits Snag In US House

Yesterday we reported that a deal had been reached between the Senate and the White House to free up disaster relief for those impacted by Hurricane Michael. Residents of Southwest Georgia would be among the beneficiaries.

Today, it appears a procedural move in the House is being used to block the measure from reaching President Trump’s desk in an expeditious manner:

🚨🚨🚨A single House Republican — Rep. Chip Roy of Texas, a former Ted Cruz staffer — just blocked a $19 billion disaster bill that had critical relief for PR, Calif, Texas, Ga & more … and Trump’s support

“He’s holding millions of people hostage,” @DonnaShalala (D) says— Jeff Stein (@JStein_WaPo) May 24, 2019

The day is still young. Consider this a developing situation.

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Benevolus
Benevolus

“According to four Republican sources, Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) were in the room with Trump and advising the president against separating his immigration money request from the disaster aid package. But Perdue, a close Trump ally, prevailed.”
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/24/chip-roy-blocks-disaster-aid-funding-1343295

So one wonders if Jim Jordan is playing a trump card (so to speak) here. My opinion is that it wouldn’t be hard to roll David Perdue (politically).

armanidog
armanidog

Rep. Roy’s press release: May 24, 2019 Press Release WASHINGTON–Rep. Chip Roy released the following statement regarding his objection to a UC vote the disaster supplemental: “Today I stood to object to the Unanimous Consent of a $19.1 billion dollar emergency supplemental bill that has been languishing for over 8 months because Speaker Pelosi would rather play politics on impeachment than do the work of the people. “I objected primarily because had I not, Congress would have passed into law a bill that spends a significant amount of tax payer money without members of Congress even being present in our… Read more »

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

So Chip Roy would rather whine about politics than do the work of the people and delay a rare bipartisan bill passage. Did Royboy continue to mortgage the future of our children and grandchildren by voting to give away trillions of tax revenue to the rich and add more spending/deficit and debt @100 mil an hour? This is a disaster relief bill, you dolt, that’s why funding the made up immigration crisis was removed from this bill to be considered separately. He is only concerned with the private sector profiting by immigrants “housed appropriately” rather than respecting their rights to… Read more »

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

Just reaffirms my belief that the Freedom Caucus is the biggest impediment to a functioning government. Boehner should have snuffed these clowns out when he had the chance.

Gregs
Gregs

Pointless posturing designed to appease the base and to hell with what’s best for the rest of the country, I wonder where he’s seen this tactic perfected?

FreeDuck
FreeDuck

It’ll pass when the full house reconvenes, but this is a shitty and unnecessary delay.