A Freshman Republic Congressman from Texas has just blocked the 19 billion dollar disaster relief bill that passed the Senate last night.
Chip Roy, who used to be the chief of staff for Ted Cruz, objected to a unanimous consent request to pass the bill.
He did so on the grounds that the bill doesn’t contain the modest funding request of 4.4 billion by the OMB Director to keep DHS and HHS from running out of money while they deal with the border crisis.
Also, Roy said bill money isn’t paid for which he attributes to both sides of the aisle.
— Mike DeBonis (@mikedebonis) May 24, 2019
Pelosi was furious that Roy blocked this, calling it ‘sabotage’:
.@SpeakerPelosi issues statement blasting GOP “sabotage” after @chiproytx blocks $19 billion disaster aid bill: “After the President and Senate Republicans disrupted and delayed disaster relief for more than four months, House Republicans have decided to wage their own sabotage.”
— Chris Sommerfeldt (@C_Sommerfeldt) May 24, 2019
So what happens next?
The block by Roy is only temporary and the House will vote on the bill when they resume their session the week of June 3rd.
So this isn’t really a huge deal, but it’s nice to see a conservative Republican from Texas flip over the apple cart for all to see to make a necessary point that hardly ever gets made anymore.