House approves much-delayed $19.1B disaster aid bill | TheHill – The Hill

The House on Monday passed a $19.1 billion disaster relief package, finally sending legislation to the White House that had been repeatedly blocked by conservatives over the Memorial Day recess.

The legislation was approved in a 354-58 vote.

The House sought to move the bill three times by unanimous consent over the last week, but the vote was blocked by a different conservative Republican each time.

GOP Reps. Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene Roy58 GOP lawmakers vote against disaster aid bill House approves much-delayed .1B disaster aid bill On The Money: Trump digs in on tariff threat against Mexico | House passes much-delayed disaster aid bill | House Judiciary launches antitrust probe of tech giants | House to vote on first ‘minibus’ spending bill next week MORE (Texas), Thomas MassieThomas Harold Massie58 GOP lawmakers vote against disaster aid bill House approves much-delayed .1B disaster aid bill On The Money: Trump digs in on tariff threat against Mexico | House passes much-delayed disaster aid bill | House Judiciary launches antitrust probe of tech giants | House to vote on first ‘minibus’ spending bill next week MORE (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 (Tenn.) each blocked the unanimous consent vote, arguing there should be a full debate on the measure.

Roy, a former staffer to Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzHouse approves much-delayed .1B disaster aid bill On The Money: Trump digs in on tariff threat against Mexico | House passes much-delayed disaster aid bill | House Judiciary launches antitrust probe of tech giants | House to vote on first ‘minibus’ spending bill next week GOP lawmaker defends blocking disaster relief vote during recess MORE (R-Texas), argued the spending should be offset by other spending cuts and said he was concerned about adding to the national debt.

“The American people send their representatives to Washington to represent them. They deserve to see how we vote. 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 on the floor Monday.

The measure includes funding for communities hit by various natural disasters across the country. It also includes $900 million in aid to Puerto Rico, funding that was initially opposed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpHead of anti-abortion group promises to spend M during 2020 election cycle Clyburn walks back comments about impeachment Transportation Department seeks to crack down on pipeline protests: report MORE as being too much.

The measure passed the Senate in an 85-8 vote in late May.

A number of lawmakers during Monday’s debate criticized Congress’s failure to pass the bill last week.

“Today we’re rejecting the political stunts and grandstanding that have made it difficult to deliver much-needed disaster relief to families and communities across America,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyHouse approves much-delayed .1B disaster aid bill GOP lawmaker defends blocking disaster relief vote during recess House Dems propose 3.1 percent pay hike for federal workers MORE (D-N.Y.) ahead of the vote.

The three conservatives who had blocked the bill also took heat from their fellow Republicans.

House Appropriations Committee ranking member Kay GrangerNorvell (Kay) Kay GrangerHouse approves much-delayed .1B disaster aid bill GOP lawmaker defends blocking disaster relief vote during recess Third House Republican blocks disaster aid bill MORE (R-Texas) accused them of pulling a “political stunt.” Rep. Austin ScottJames (Austin) Austin ScottHouse approves much-delayed .1B disaster aid bill Third House Republican blocks disaster aid bill Republicans turn on each other amid disaster bill delay MORE (R-Ga.) last week called them “clowns” in a tweet. 

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