GOP lawmaker defends blocking disaster relief vote during recess | TheHill – The Hill

Rep. Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyThe Hill’s Morning Report — Trump turns the page back to Mueller probe Third House Republican blocks disaster aid bill Republicans turn on each other amid disaster bill delay MORE (R-Texas) on Monday defended blocking a $19.1 billion disaster relief bill from being passed during the House’s Memorial Day recess.

Roy, a member of the House Freedom Caucus who previously worked for Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO’Rourke ‘not disappointed’ by campaign start 2020 hopeful Michael Bennet: ‘I don’t think I’m out of step’ in saying socialism is not the answer ‘Chernobyl’ producer spars with conservative radio host Bongino over socialism MORE (R-Texas), came under fire after being the first of three conservative lawmakers to delay passage of the bill, which will provide funding to recovery efforts in areas impacted by recent storms, wildfires and hurricanes.

The legislation does not include $4.5 billion in border funding requested by President TrumpDonald John TrumpHead of Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers to depart administration The Guardian editorial board says Trump is ‘not welcome’ in U.K. ahead of his first state visit Kushner casts doubt on the ability of Palestinians to govern themselves MORE but provides $900 million in aid to Puerto Rico, a provision the White House did not support. 

But Trump had agreed to sign the bill that passed the Senate in an 85-8 vote late last month. 

Roy on May 24 blocked the $19.1 billion disaster relief bill by objecting to a unanimous consent vote, arguing that the House should not have recessed before allowing lawmakers to debate the measure and go on the record regarding the legislation given the size of the spending. 

“My Democratic colleagues tried three separate times to pass this $19 billion disaster supplemental, which is unpaid for and most members haven’t read, without members’ vote for a simple consent, which was solely two members in this chamber,” he said during debate on the floor.

“Members should cast an up-or-down vote on major legislation that spends significant amounts of taxpayer money. The American people send their representatives to Washington to represent them. They deserve to see how we vote,” he added.

Reps. Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieThe Hill’s Morning Report — Trump turns the page back to Mueller probe Third House Republican blocks disaster aid bill Republicans turn on each other amid disaster bill delay MORE (R-Ky.) and John RoseJohn Williams RoseThis week: House set to pass disaster aid after setbacks The Hill’s Morning Report — Trump turns the page back to Mueller probe On The Money: Trump hits Mexico with new tariffs over immigration | White House starts clock on approval for new NAFTA | Third House Republican blocks disaster aid bill MORE (R-Tenn.) followed Roy in taking action to block the bill during the House recess.

Roy on Monday also cited concerns with the bill’s impact on the national debt, arguing Congress needs to take strides to cut spending.

“While I’m happy the Speaker chose to go back to regular procedure, I am still troubled we’re poised to spend $19 billion that is not paid for when we are racking up $100 million an hour in national debt,” he said.

The three lawmakers faced bipartisan backlash after blocking the bill. House Appropriations Committee ranking member Kay GrangerNorvell (Kay) Kay GrangerThird House Republican blocks disaster aid bill Republicans turn on each other amid disaster bill delay Republican says fellow GOP lawmakers blocking disaster aid are ‘clowns’ MORE (R-Texas) referred to the maneuver as a “political stunt,” and Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyRepublicans turn on each other amid disaster bill delay Democrats advance more spending bills, defying Trump budget requests Congress reaches deal on disaster aid MORE (D-N.Y.) accused the members of “grandstanding.”

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