Disaster Relief Bill Held Up In House Again Over A Single Objection
The House was trying to pass the bill quickly using unanimous consent, which means a single objection could stop it.
A huge disaster relief bill is getting pushed back again after another House Republican objected to vote via unanimous consent.
Rep. Thomas Massie told reporters Tuesday he was trying to "stop legislative malpractice." That's the same reasoning Republican Rep. Chip Roy gave when he voted down the bill the first time.
Roy also cited the bill's $19 billion price tag and the lack of border wall funding as factors in his decision. President Donald Trump said he'd sign the bill even if it didn't include the wall funding he wanted.
The House has been trying to pass the bill quickly using unanimous consent — but unanimous consent, as its name implies, can be overturned by just one objection.
The bill already passed in the Senate 85-8. It's meant to provide aid to Americans affected by hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding and wildfires. It also includes $900 million in funding for Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from Hurricane Maria.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded to the bill's failure on Friday by saying, "Countless American families hit by devastating natural disasters across the country will now be denied the relief they urgently need."
Lawmakers will have another chance to pass the aid package via unanimous consent on Thursday. But if it gets delayed a third time, the bill will have to wait until Congress comes back from recess next week.
Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.
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