WASHINGTON (AP) – A House GOP conservative blocked a long-overdue $ 19 billion disaster aid bill Friday, complaining it leaves out the money needed to address the migrant crisis at the border and extending a hurricane and flood relief.
Donald Trump's $ 4.5 billion request for dealing with a Mexican crisis.
Texas Rep. Chip Roy, a former aide to Texas firebrand Sen. Ted Cruz, complained that it does not contain any money. "Roy said."
He also objected to speeding the measure through a hollow chamber, saying it was important for lawmakers to
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., a key force behind the measure which moved through the Senate with the enthusiastic embrace of Roy's two GOP senators, said the delays have gone on too long. Trump surrendered in his fight with powerful Democrats over aid to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.
"Now, after the President and Senate Republicans have disrupted and delayed disaster relief for more than four months, House Republicans have decided to dare their own sabotage, "Pelosi said.
Democrats said the house might try to pass the measure next week during a session like Friday's that would otherwise be pro forma. If that does not succeed, it will come back next week from Congress Day recess.
Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., Said she was upset at Roy's action. "The fact that one person from a state that is directly affected could be objectionable, it's just irresponsible," she said. Texas was slammed by record floods in 2017, though not Roy's San Antonio area district.
GOP leaders and trump support the bill, as well as some lawmakers who are otherwise some of the chamber's staunchest conservatives, such as Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga.
"This is a rotten thing to do," said Jim McGovern, Chairman of the Board, D-Mass.
Hours after Roy blocked the measure, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee a digital ad in his district criticizing his move. It is a submerged Roy and said he's "keeping Texas families underwater."
Roy won his 2018 election by less than three percentage points. House Democrats' campaign commits him to a prime target for next year's elections.
California, among others others: The relief measure would deliver money to Southern states suffering from fall's hurricanes, Midwestern states. Chuck Schumer.
Trump said Thursday that he will enthusiastically sign the bill
The House drama came under 24 hours after the Senate passed the bill by Trump's theatrics and
Trump said he was "beating the bill even"
"I didn "Any longer," Trump said. "I totally support it."
Much of the money would go to Trump strongholds as the Florida Panhandle, Rural Georgia and North Carolina, and Iowa and Nebraska. Several military facilities would receive money to rebuild, including Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, Off-duty Air Force Base in Nebraska, and Tyndall Air Force Base in Northwest Florida.
Disaster aid bills are always bipartisan, but this round bogged down.
After months of fighting, Democrats bested Trump and won further aid to Puerto Rico, the United States. country slammed by back-to-back hurricanes in 2017.
Talking about Trump's Border Demand Democrats Wanted to Make Money and Providing for Asylum Seeking Central American Migrants.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Accused Democrats of insisting on "poison pills" that the collapse of the talks. But his office would not go on the record to specify what they were. Other Republicans, especially those trying to project a bipartisan image for next year's campaign, were more circumspect. "
" Democrats and Republicans are pretty much in agreement about it, "said Sen. David Perdue.
In fact, among the reasons for the late-night breakdown was a demand by Hispanic forces and house liberals seek as Pelosi ally Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., to insist on a provision to tighten up existing language that tries to block the Homeland Security Department from getting information from the Department of Health and Human Services to help track immigrants residing in the US
All sides agree that another bill of more than $ 4 billion is going to be needed soon, but Democrats are fighting
Trump rushed to try to claim credit, too, though his budget office never submitted an official request for the disaster aid. Florida panhandle, his best region in a state without which it is virtually impossible for him to win reelection.
"Well, we're going to get the immigration money later, according to everybody, "Trump said.
Associated press writers Matthew Daly and Alan Fram contributed to this report.