Lone Conservative Blocks ‘Swampy Practice'
Texas representative Chip Roy objected on the House floor earlier today when lawmakers tried to fast-track a $19 billion disaster aid package.
Per Fox News:
“If I do not object, Congress will have passed a bill with $19 billion without being here to vote on it,” Roy said.
Railing against the "swamp," Roy objected to speeding the measure through a nearly-empty chamber, complained it wasn't paid for and challenged a decision not to include President Trump's $4.5 billion request for dealing with the migrant crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Democrats slammed Roy in response. Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., called the turn of events “tragic.”
The surprise development comes after the Senate overwhelmingly approved the legislation Thursday afternoon to help several states and Puerto Rico recover from hurricanes, floods and wildfires – this, after Trump himself backed off from his demand that border security money be added.
The U.S. Senate has just approved a 19 Billion Dollar Disaster Relief Bill, with my total approval. Great!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 24, 2019